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Institutes of the Christian Religion

John Calvin
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  • This limited edition of John Calvin's Reformation classic, Institutes of the Christian Religion, commemorates the 500th anniversary of Calvin's birth in 1509.

    This beautiful new jacketed cloth volume features:

    • An eight-page, four-color insert on coated stock, including a frontispiece featuring the title page of the original publication and a timeline of the Reformation and of John Calvin's life
    • Two ribbon markers
    • Gold foil and embossing

    The word "Institutes" would be better translated as "Principles of the Christian Faith" or "Instruction in the Christian Faith." The book was intended as an elementary manual for general readers who wanted to know something about the evangelical faith. The first part of the title expressed this aim: "The Principles of the Christian Faith, containing almost the whole sum of godliness and whatever it is necessary to know about saving doctrine." Calvin later wrote that, when he undertook the work, "all I had in mind was to hand on some elementary teaching by which anyone who had been touched by an interest in religion might be formed to true godliness. I labored at the task especially for our own Frenchmen, for I saw that many were hungering and thirsting after Christ and yet that only a very few had any real knowledge of him."

     

     

  • Author: John Calvin
    Hardcover: 1059 pages

    Publisher: Hendrickson Publishers; Library edition (April 1, 2009)

    Language: English

    ISBN-10: 1598563610

    ISBN-13: 978-1598563610

    Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.6 x 1.9 inches

    Shipping Weight: 3 pounds 


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  • Preface to the Hendrickson Edition
    Original Translator's Preface
    Prefatory Address by John Calvin to Francis I, King of France
    Epistle to the Reader
    Subject of the Present Work
    Epistle to the Reader
    Method and Arrangement, or Subject of the Whole Work

    Book First
    Argument
    Chapter 1 - The Knowledge of God and of Ourselves Mutually Connected. Nature of Connection
    Chapter 2 - What It Is to Know God - Tendency of This Knowledge
    Chapter 3The Knowledge of God Naturally Implanted in the Human Mind
    Chapter 4 - The Knowledge of God Stifled or Corrupted, Ignorantly or Maliciously
    Chapter 5 - The Knowledge of God Conspicuous in the Creation, and Continual Government of the World
    Chapter 6 - The Need of Scripture, as a Guide and Teacher, in Coming to God as a Creator
    Chapter 7 - The Testimony of the Spirit Necessary to Give Full Authority to Scripture. The Impiety of Pretending that the Credibility of Scripture Depends on the Judgement of the Church
    Chapter 8 - The Credibility of Scripture Sufficiently Proved, Insofar as Natural Reason Admits
    Chapter 9 - All the Principles of Piety Subverted by Fanatics, Who Substitute Revelations for Scripture
    Chapter 10 - In Scripture, the True God Opposed, Exclusively, to All the Gods of the Heather
    Chapter 11 - Impiety of Attributing a Visible Form to God. The Setting Up of Idols a Defection from the True God
    Chapter 12 - God Distinguished from Idols, that He May Be the Exclusive Object of Worship
    Chapter 13 - The Unity of the Divine Essence in Three Persons Taught in Scripture, from the Foundation of the World
    Chapter 14 - In the Creation of the World, and All Things in It, the True God Distinguished by Certain Marks from Fictitious Gods
    Chapter 15 - State in Which Man Was Created, The Faculties of the Soul - the Image of God - Free Will - Original Righteousness
    Chapter 16 - The World, Created by God, Still Cherished and Protected by Him. Each and All of Its Parts Governed by His Providence
    Chapter 17 - Use to Be Made of the Doctrine of Providence
    Chapter 18 - The Instruments of the Wicked Employed by God, While He Continues Free from Every Taint

    Book Second
    Argument
    Chapter 1 – Through the Fall and Revolt of Adam, the Whole Human Race Made Accursed and Degenerate. Of Original Sin
    Chapter 2 – Man Now Deprived of Freedom of Will, and Miserably Enslaved
    Chapter 3Everything Proceeded from the Corrupt Nature of Man Damnable
    Chapter 4 – How God Works in the Hearts of Men
    Chapter 5 – The Arguments Usually Alleged in Support of Free Will Refuted
    Chapter 6 – Redemption of Man Lost to Be Sought in Christ
    Chapter 7 – The Law Given, Not to Retain a People for Itself, but to Keep Alive the Hope of Salvation in Christ until His Advent

    Chapter 8 – Exposition of the Moral Law
    Chapter 9 – Christ, Though Known to the Jews under the Law, Yet Only Manifested under the Gospel
    Chapter 10 – The Resemblance Between the Old Testament and the New
    Chapter 11 – The Difference Between the Two Testaments
    Chapter 12 – Christ, to Perform the Office of Mediator, Behooved to Become Man
    Chapter 13 – Christ Clothed with the True Substance of Human Nature
    Chapter 14 – How Two Natures Constitute the Person of the Mediator
    Chapter 15 – Three Things Briefly to Be Regarded in Christ – i.e., His Offices of Prophet, King, and Priest.
    Chapter 16 – How Christ Performed the Office of Redeemer in Procuring Our Salvation. The Death, Resurrection, and Ascension of Christ
    Chapter 17 – Christ Rightly and Properly Said to Have Merited Grace and Salvation for Us

    Book Third
    Argument
    Chapter 1 – The Benefits of Christ Made Available to Us by the Secret Operation of the Spirit
    Chapter 2 – Of Faith. The Definition of It. Its Peculiar Properties
    Chapter 3Regeneration by Faith. Of Repentance
    Chapter 4 – Penitence, as Explained in the Sophistical Jargon of the Schoolmen, Widely Different from the Purity Required by the Gospel. Of Confession and Satisfaction.
    Chapter 5 – Of the Modes of Supplementing Satisfaction, i.e., Indulgences and Purgatory
    Chapter 6 – The Life of a Christian Man. Scriptural Arguments Exhorting to It
    Chapter 7 – The Summary of the Christian Life. Of Self-Denial

    Chapter 8 – Of Bearing the Cross – One Branch of Self-Denial
    Chapter 9 – Of Meditating on the Future Life
    Chapter 10 – How to Use the Present Life, and the Comforts of It
    Chapter 11 – Of Justification by Faith. Both Name and the Reality Defined
    Chapter 12 – Necessity of Contemplating the Judgement Seat of God, in Order to Be Seriously Convinced of the Doctrine of Gratuitous Justification
    Chapter 13 – Two Things to Be Observed in Gratuitous Justification
    Chapter 14 – The Beginning of Justification. In What Sense Progressive
    Chapter 15 – The Boasted Merit of Works Subversive Both of the Glory of God, in Bestowing Righteousness, and of the Certainty of Salvation
    Chapter 16 – Refutation of the Calumnies by Which It Is Attempted to Throw Odium on This Doctrine
    Chapter 17 – The Promises of the Law and the Gospel Reconciled
    Chapter 18 – The Righteousness of Works Improperly Inferred from Rewards
    Chapter 19 – Of Christian Liberty
    Chapter 20 – Of Prayer – A Perpetual Exercise of Faith. The Daily Benefits Derived from It
    Chapter 21 – Of the Eternal Election, by Which God Has Predestinated Some to Salvation, and Others to Destruction.
    Chapter 22 – This Doctrine Confirmed by Proofs from Scripture
    Chapter 23 – Refutation of the Calumnies by Which This Doctrine Is Always Unjustly Assailed
    Chapter 24 – Elections Confirmed by the Calling of God. The Reprobate Bring upon Themselves the Righteous Destruction to Which They Are Doomed
    Chapter 25 – Of the Last Resurrection

    Book Fourth
    Argument
    Chapter 1 – Of the True Church. Duty of Cultivating Unity with Her, as the Mother of All the Godly.
    Chapter 2 – Comparison Between the False Church and the True
    Chapter 3Of the Teachers and Ministers of the Church. Their Election and Office
    Chapter 4 – Of the State of the Primitive Church and the Mode of Government in Use before the Papacy
    Chapter 5 – The Ancient Form of Government Utterly Corrupted by the Tyranny of the Papacy
    Chapter 6 – Of the Primacy of the Romish See
    Chapter 7 – 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

    Chapter 8 – Of the Power of the Church in Articles of Faith. The Unbridles License of the Papal Church in Destroying Purity of Doctrine
    Chapter 9 – Of Councils and Their Authority
    Chapter 10 – Of the Power of Making Laws. The Cruelty of the Pope and His Adherents, in This Respect, in Tyrannically oppressing and Destroying Souls
    Chapter 11 – Of the jurisdiction of the Church, and the Abuses of It, as Exemplified in the Papacy
    Chapter 12 – Of the Discipline of the Church, and Its Principal Use in Censures and Excommunication

    Chapter 13 – Of Vows. The Miserable Entanglements Caused by Vowing Rashly.
    Chapter 14 – Of the Sacraments
    Chapter 15 – Of Baptism

    Chapter 16 – Paedobaptism, Its Accordance with the Institution of Christ, and the Nature of the Sign
    Chapter 17 – Of the Lord’s Supper, and the Benefits Conferred by It
    Chapter 18 – Of the Popish Mass. How It Not Only Profanes, but Annihilates the Lord’s Supper
    Chapter 19 – Of the Five Sacraments, Falsely So Called. Their Spuriousness Proved, and Their True Character Explained
    Chapter 20 – 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.

    Indexes
    Hebrew and Greek Word Index
    About the Authors & Works Cited in
    Institutes
    Authors & Works Cited Index
    General Index
    Scriptural Index

About the Author

John Calvin

John Calvin was born in France in 1509. He was a theologian/ecclesiastical statesman and Martin Luther's successor as the preeminent Protestant theologian. Calvin made a powerful impact on the fundamental doctrines of Protestantism, and is widely credited as the most important figure in the second generation of the Protestant Reformation. He died in Geneva, Switzerland, in 1564.