Institutes of the Christian Religion

ISBN-10: 1598561685

ISBN-13: 9781598561685

Edition: 2007

Authors: Jean Calvin, Henry Beveridge, John Calvin

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Hendrickson offers a one volume hardcover edition of one of Western Christianity's foundational works. Re-typeset into a clean and modern typeface, this edition is easy to read for the modern eye. Institutes of the Christian Religion is an introduction to the Bible and a vindication of Reformation principles by one of the Reformation's finest scholars.
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List price: $29.95
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Hendrickson Publishers Marketing, LLC
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 1059
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.75" long x 1.75" tall
Weight: 2.904
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.

Prefatory Address by John Calvin to Francis I, King of France (1636)
Epistle to the Reader (Calvin, 1539)
Subject of the Present Work (Calvin, 1545)
Epistle to the Reader (Calvin, 1559)
Method and Arrangement, or Subject of the Whole Work
Book First
The Knowledge of God and of Ourselves Mutually Connected. Nature of the Connection
What It Is to Know God - Tendency of This Knowledge
The Knowledge of God Naturally Implanted in the Human Mind
The Knowledge of God Stifled or Corrupted, Ignorantly or Maliciously
The Knowledge of God Conspicuous in the Creation, and Continual Government of the World
The Need of Scripture, as a Guide and Teacher, in Coming to God as a Creator
The Testimony of the Spirit Necessary to Give Full Authority to Scripture. The Impiety of Pretending That the Credibility of Scripture Depends on the Judgment of the Church
The Credibility of Scripture Sufficiently Proved, Insofar as Natural Reason Admits
All the Principles of Piety Subverted by Fanatics,Who Substitute Revelations for Scripture
In Scripture, the True God Opposed, Exclusively, to All the Gods of the Heathen
Impiety of Attributing a Visible Form to God. The Setting Up of Idols a Defection from the True God
God Distinguished from Idols, That He May Be the Exclusive Object of Worship
The Unity of the Divine Essence in Three Persons Taught, in Scripture, from the Foundation of the World
In the Creation of the World, and All Things in It, the True God Distinguished by Certain Marks from Fictitious Gods
State in Which Man Was Created. The Faculties of the Soul - the Image of God - Free Will - Original Righteousness
The World, Created by God, Still Cherished and Protected by Him. Each and All of Its Parts Governed by His Providence
Use to Be Made of the Doctrine of Providence
The Instrumentality of the Wicked Employed by God,While He Continues Free from Every Taint
Book Second
Through the Fall and Revolt of Adam, the Whole Human Race Made Accursed and Degenerate. Of Original Sin
Man Now Deprived of Freedom of Will, and Miserably Enslaved
Everything Proceeding from the Corrupt Nature of Man Damnable
How God Works in the Hearts of Men
The Arguments Usually Alleged in Support of Free Will Refuted
Redemption for Man Lost to Be Sought in Christ
The Law Given, Not to Retain a People for Itself, but to Keep Alive the Hope of Salvation in Christ Until His Advent
Exposition of the Moral Law
Christ, Though Known to the Jews under the Law, Yet Only Manifested under the Gospel
The Resemblance Between the Old Testament and the New
The Difference Between the Two Testaments
Christ, to Perform the Office of Mediator, Behooved to Become Man
Christ Clothed with the True Substance of Human Nature
How Two Natures Constitute the Person of the Mediator
Three Things Briefly to Be Regarded in Christ - i.e., His Offices of Prophet, King, and Priest
How Christ Performed the Office of Redeemer in Procuring Our Salvation. The Death, Resurrection, and Ascension of Christ
Christ Rightly and Properly Said to Have Merited Grace and Salvation for Us
Book Third
The Benefits of Christ Made Available to Us by the Secret Operation of the Spirit
Of Faith. The Definition of It. Its Peculiar Properties
Regeneration by Faith Of Repentance
Penitence, as Explained in the Sophistical Jargon of the Schoolmen, Widely Different from the Purity Required by the Gospel. Of Confession and Satisfaction
Of the Modes of Supplementing Satisfaction, i.e., Indulgences and Purgatory
The Life of a Christian Man. Scriptural Arguments Exhorting to It
A Summary of the Christian Life. Of Self-Denial
Of Bearing the Cross - One Branch of Self-Denial
Of Meditating on the Future Life
How to Use the Present Life, and the Comforts of It
Of Justification by Faith. Both the Name and the Reality Defined
Necessity of Contemplating the Judgment Seat of God, in Order to Be Seriously Convinced of the Doctrine of Gratuitous Justification
Two Things to Be Observed in Gratuitous Justification
The Beginning of Justification. In What Sense Progressive
The Boasted Merit of Works Subversive Both of the Glory of God, in Bestowing Righteousness, and of the Certainty of Salvation
Refutation of the Calumnies by Which It Is Attempted to Throw Odium on This Doctrine
The Promises of the Law and the Gospel Reconciled
The Righteousness of Works Improperly Inferred from Rewards
Of Christian Liberty
Of Prayer - A Perpetual Exercise of Faith. The Daily Benefits Derived from It
Of the Eternal Election, by Which God Has Predestinated Some to Salvation, and Others to Destruction
This Doctrine Confirmed by Proofs from Scripture
Refutation of the Calumnies by Which This Doctrine Is Always Unjustly Assailed
Election Confirmed by the Calling of God. The Reprobate Bring Upon Themselves the Righteous Destruction to Which They Are Doomed
Of the Last Resurrection
Book Fourth
Of the True Church. Duty of Cultivating Unity with Her, as the Mother of All the Godly
Comparison between the False Church and the True
Of the Teachers and Ministers of the Church. Their Election and Office
Of the State of the Primitive Church and the Mode of Government in Use before the Papacy
The Ancient Form of Government Utterly Corrupted by the Tyranny of the Papacy
Of the Primacy of the Romish See
Of the Beginning and Rise of the Romish Papacy, till It Attained a Height by Which the Liberty of the Church Was Destroyed, and All True Rule Overthrown
Of the Power of the Church in Articles of Faith. The Unbridled License of the Papal Church in Destroying Purity of Doctrine
Of Councils and Their Authority
Of the Power of Making Laws. The Cruelty of the Pope and His Adherents, in This Respect, in Tyrannically Oppressing and Destroying Souls
Of the Jurisdiction of the Church, and the Abuses of It, as Exemplified in the Papacy
Of the Discipline of the Church, and Its Principal Use in Censures and Excommunication
Of Vows. The Miserable Entanglements Caused by Vowing Rashly
Of the Sacraments
Of Baptism
Paedobaptism, Its Accordance with the Institution of Christ, and the Nature of the Sign
Of the Lord s Supper, and the Benefits Conferred by It
Of the Popish Mass. How It Not Only Profanes, but Annihilates the Lord s Supper
Of the Five Sacraments, Falsely So Called. Their Spuriousness Proved, and Their True Character Explained
Of Civil Government
One Hundred Aphorisms: Containing within a Narrow Compass, the Substance and Order of the Four Books of the Institutes of the Christian Religion
Hebrew and Greek Word Index
About the Authors & Works Cited in Institutes
Authors &Works Cited Index
General Index
Scripture Index
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