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Institutes of the Christian Religion 1536 Edition

ISBN-10: 0802841678

ISBN-13: 9780802841674

Edition: N/A

Authors: John Calvin

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List price: $36.00
Publisher: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 396
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.760
Language: English

Born Jean Cauvin in Noyon, Picardy, France, John Calvin was only a boy when Martin Luther first raised his challenge concerning indulgences. Calvin was enrolled at the age of 14 at the University of Paris, where he received preliminary training in theology and became an elegant Latinist. However, following the dictates of his father, he left Paris at the age of 19 and went to study law, first at Orleans, then at Bourges, in both of which centers the ideas of Luther were already creating a stir. On his father's death, Calvin returned to Paris, began to study Greek, the language of the New Testament, and decided to devote his life to scholarship. In 1532 he published a commentary on Seneca's De Clementia, but the following year, after experiencing what was considered a sudden conversion, he was forced to flee Paris for his religious views. The next year was given to the study of Hebrew in Basel and to writing the first version of his famous Institutes of the Christian Religion, which he gave to the printer in 1535. The rest of his life-except for a forced exile of three years-he spent in Geneva, where he became chief pastor, without ever being ordained. When he died, the city was solidly on his side, having almost become what one critic called a "theocracy." By then the fourth and much-revised edition of his Institutes had been published in Latin and French, commentaries had appeared on almost the whole Bible, treatises had been written on the Lord's Supper, on the Anabaptists, and on secret Protestants under persecution in France. Thousands of refugees had come to Geneva, and the city-energized by religious fervor-had found room and work for them. Though Calvin was sometimes bitter in his denunciation of those who disagreed with him, intolerant of other points of view, and absolutely sure he was right on the matter of predestination, he was nonetheless one of the great expounders of the faith. From his work the Reformed tradition had its genesis, and from his genius continues to refresh itself.

Preface to the Revised Edition
Preface to the First Edition
The Road toward the Institutes of 1536 (1532-1535)
The First Edition of the Institutes of the Christian Religion (1536)
Epistle Dedicatory to Francis, King of the French
Circumstances in which the book was written
Plea for the persecuted Evangelicals
Charges of antagonists refuted
Misleading claims that Church Fathers oppose Reformation teaching
The appeal to "custom" against truth
Errors about the nature of the Church
Tumults alleged to result from Reformation teaching
Let the King beware of acting on false charges: the innocent await Divine vindication
The Law: Containing an Explanation of the Decalogue
Knowledge of God (1)
Knowledge of Man (2-3)
The Law (4)
God's Love in Christ (5-6)
Exposition of the Decalogue (7-23)
Preface (7-8)
First Commandment (9)
Second Commandment (10-11)
Third Commandment (12)
Fourth Commandment (13-16)
Fifth Commandment (17)
Sixth Commandment (18)
Seventh Commandment (19)
Eighth Commandment (20)
Ninth Commandment (21)
Tenth Commandment (22-23)
Summary (24-25)
Justification (26-32)
Uses of the Law (33)
Justification (continued) (34-38)
Faith: Containing an Explanation of the Creed (Called Apostolic)
Faith and Faith in the One God (1-9)
Exposition of the Creed (10-34)
First Part (10)
Second Part (11-19)
Third Part (20)
Fourth Part (21-34)
Faith, Hope, Love (35)
Prayer: With an Exposition of the Lord's Prayer
Prayer in General (1-13)
Exposition of the Lord's Prayer (14-30)
Introduction (14-16)
First Petition (17)
Second Petition (18-19)
Third Petition (20-21)
Fourth Petition (22-24)
Fifth Petition (25-26)
Sixth Petition (27-30)
The Practice of Prayer (31-33)
The Sacraments
The Sacraments in General (1-10)
Baptism (11-23)
The Lord's Supper (24-52)
Administration of the Sacraments (53)
The Five False Sacraments
Introduction (1)
Confirmation (2-10)
Penance (11-44)
Extreme Unction (As They Call It) (45-48)
Ecclesiastical Orders (49-67)
Marriage (68-71)
Christian Freedom, Ecclesiastical Power, and Political Administration
Christian Freedom (1-13)
Ecclesiastical Power (14-34)
Civil Government (35-56)
Important Subjects Treated in this Book
Abbreviations Frequently Used in Endnotes
Epistle Dedicatory to Francis
The Law
The Sacraments
The False Sacraments
Christian Freedom, andC
The Placards of 1534
Martin Bucer on the Lord's Prayer
Cop-Calvin, Academic Discourse (1533)
John Calvin's Latin Preface to Olivetan's French Bible (1535)
Biblical References
Comparative Table of 1536 and 1559 Institutes
References to Classical Authors in the Endnotes
References to other Works of Calvin in the Endnotes
Author, Source, and Person Index to the References in the Endnotes