Institutes of the Christian Religion (Vol. 1 of 2)
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Institutes of the Christian Religion (Vol. 1 of 2)

By Jean Calvin
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Table of Contents
  • Contents
  • Advertisement.
  • The Translator's Preface.
  • The Author's Preface to An Edition Published In The Year 1559, With His Last Corrections And Additions.
  • Dedication.
  • General Syllabus.
  • Book I. On The Knowledge Of God The Creator.
    • Argument.
    • Chapter I. The Connection Between The Knowledge Of God And The Knowledge Of Ourselves.
    • Chapter II. The Nature And Tendency Of The Knowledge Of God.
    • Chapter III. The Human Mind Naturally Endued With The Knowledge Of God.
    • Chapter IV. This Knowledge Extinguished Or Corrupted, Partly By Ignorance, Partly By Wickedness.
    • Chapter V. The Knowledge Of God Conspicuous In The Formation And Continual Government Of The World.
    • Chapter VI. The Guidance And Teaching Of The Scripture Necessary To Lead To The Knowledge Of God The Creator.
    • Chapter VII. The Testimony Of The Spirit Necessary To Confirm The Scripture, In Order To The Complete Establishment Of Its Authority. The Suspension Of Its Authority On The Judgment Of The Church, An Impious Fiction.
    • Chapter VIII. Rational Proofs To Establish The Belief Of The Scripture.
    • Chapter IX. The Fanaticism Which Discards The Scripture, Under The Pretence Of Resorting To Immediate Revelations, Subversive Of Every Principle Of Piety.
    • Chapter X. All Idolatrous Worship Discountenanced In The Scripture, By Its Exclusive Opposition Of The True God To All The Fictitious Deities Of The Heathen.
    • Chapter XI. Unlawfulness Of Ascribing To God A Visible Form. All Idolatry A Defection From The True God.
    • Chapter XII. God Contradistinguished From Idols, That He May Be Solely And Supremely Worshipped.
    • Chapter XIII. One Divine Essence, Containing Three Persons; Taught In The Scriptures From The Beginning.
    • Chapter XIV. The True God Clearly Distinguished In The Scripture From All Fictitious Ones By The Creation Of The World.
    • Chapter XV. The State Of Man At His Creation, The Faculties Of The Soul, The Divine Image, Free Will, And The Original Purity Of His Nature.
    • Chapter XVI. God's Preservation And Support Of The World By His Power, And His Government Of Every Part Of It By His Providence.
    • Chapter XVII. The Proper Application Of This Doctrine To Render It Useful To Us.
    • Chapter XVIII. God Uses The Agency Of The Impious, And Inclines Their Minds To Execute His Judgments, Yet Without The Least Stain Of His Perfect Purity.
  • Book II. On The Knowledge Of God The Redeemer In Christ, Which Was Revealed First To The Fathers Under The Law, And Since To Us In The Gospel.
    • Argument.
    • Chapter I. The Fall And Defection Of Adam The Cause Of The Curse Inflicted On All Mankind, And Of Their Degeneracy From Their Primitive Condition. The Doctrine Of Original Sin.
    • Chapter II. Man, In His Present State, Despoiled Of Freedom Of Will, And Subjected To A Miserable Slavery.
    • Chapter III. Every Thing That Proceeds From The Corrupt Nature Of Man Worthy Of Condemnation.
    • Chapter IV. The Operation Of God In The Hearts Of Men.
    • Chapter V. A Refutation Of The Objections Commonly Urged In Support Of Free Will.
    • Chapter VI. Redemption For Lost Man To Be Sought In Christ.
    • Chapter VII. The Law Given, Not To Confine The Ancient People To Itself, But To Encourage Their Hope Of Salvation In Christ, Till The Time Of His Coming.
    • Chapter VIII. An Exposition Of The Moral Law
      • The First Commandment.
      • The Second Commandment.
      • The Third Commandment.
      • The Fourth Commandment.
      • The Fifth Commandment.
      • The Sixth Commandment.
      • The Seventh Commandment.
      • The Eighth Commandment.
      • The Ninth Commandment.
      • The Tenth Commandment.
    • The First Commandment.
    • The Second Commandment.
    • The Third Commandment.
    • The Fourth Commandment.
    • The Fifth Commandment.
    • The Sixth Commandment.
    • The Seventh Commandment.
    • The Eighth Commandment.
    • The Ninth Commandment.
    • The Tenth Commandment.
    • Chapter IX. Christ, Though Known To The Jews Under The Law, Yet Clearly Revealed Only In The Gospel.
    • Chapter X. The Similarity Of The Old And New Testaments.
    • Chapter XI. The Difference Of The Two Testaments.
    • Chapter XII. The Necessity Of Christ Becoming Man In Order To Fulfil The Office Of Mediator.
    • Chapter XIII. Christ's Assumption Of Real Humanity.
    • Chapter XIV. The Union Of The Two Natures Constituting The Person Of The Mediator.
    • Chapter XV. The Consideration Of Christ's Three Offices, Prophetical, Regal, And Sacerdotal, Necessary To Our Knowing The End Of His Mission From The Father, And The Benefits Which He Confers On Us.
    • Chapter XVI. Christ's Execution Of The Office Of A Redeemer To Procure Our Salvation. His Death, Resurrection, And Ascension To Heaven.
    • Chapter XVII. Christ Truly And Properly Said To Have Merited The Grace Of God And Salvation For Us.
  • Book III. On The Manner Of Receiving The Grace Of Christ, The Benefits Which We Derive From It, And The Effects Which Follow It.
    • Argument.
    • Chapter I. What Is Declared Concerning Christ Rendered Profitable To Us By The Secret Operation Of The Spirit.
    • Chapter II. Faith Defined, And Its Properties Described.
    • Chapter III. On Repentance.
    • Chapter IV. The Sophistry And Jargon Of The Schools Concerning Repentance, Very Remote From The Purity Of The Gospel. On Confession And Satisfaction.
    • Chapter V. Indulgences And Purgatory. The Supplements To Their Doctrine Of Satisfactions.
    • Chapter VI. The Life Of A Christian. Scriptural Arguments And Exhortations To It.
    • Chapter VII. Summary Of The Christian Life. Self-Denial.
    • Chapter VIII. Bearing The Cross, Which Is A Branch Of Self-Denial.
    • Chapter IX. Meditation On The Future Life.
    • Chapter X. The Right Use Of The Present Life And Its Supports.
    • Chapter XI. Justification By Faith. The Name And Thing Defined.
    • Chapter XII. A Consideration Of The Divine Tribunal, Necessary To A Serious Conviction Of Gratuitous Justification.
    • Chapter XIII. Two Things Necessary To Be Observed In Gratuitous Justification.
  • Footnotes
  • Credits
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