Institutes of the Christian Religion: 1536 Edition

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Overview

This revised edition of Battles's translation will interest general readers who wish to better understand the earliest expression of Calvin's theology, as well as scholars who wish to pursue further research.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802841674
  • Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing
  • Publication date: 10/28/1986
  • Pages: 456
  • Sales rank: 635,623
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.02 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface to the Revised Edition ix
Preface to the First Edition xiii
Introduction xvii
I. The Road toward the Institutes of 1536 (1532-1535) xvii
II. The First Edition of the Institutes of the Christian Religion (1536) xxxvi
Epistle Dedicatory to Francis, King of the French 1
1. Circumstances in which the book was written 1
2. Plea for the persecuted Evangelicals 2
3. Charges of antagonists refuted 5
4. Misleading claims that Church Fathers oppose Reformation teaching 6
5. The appeal to "custom" against truth 8
6. Errors about the nature of the Church 9
7. Tumults alleged to result from Reformation teaching 11
8. Let the King beware of acting on false charges: the innocent await Divine vindication 13
Chapter I The Law: Containing an Explanation of the Decalogue 15
A. Knowledge of God (1) 15
B. Knowledge of Man (2-3) 15
C. The Law (4) 16
D. God's Love in Christ (5-6) 17
E. Exposition of the Decalogue (7-23) 18
Preface (7-8) 18
First Commandment (9) 19
Second Commandment (10-11) 19
Third Commandment (12) 22
Fourth Commandment (13-16) 23
Fifth Commandment (17) 25
Sixth Commandment (18) 25
Seventh Commandment (19) 25
Eighth Commandment (20) 26
Ninth Commandment (21) 26
Tenth Commandment (22-23) 27
F. Summary (24-25) 28
G. Justification (26-32) 29
H. Uses of the Law (33) 35
I. Justification (continued) (34-38) 37
Chapter II Faith: Containing an Explanation of the Creed (Called Apostolic) 42
A. Faith and Faith in the One God (1-9) 42
B. Exposition of the Creed (10-34) 49
First Part (10) 49
Second Part (11-19) 49
Third Part (20) 57
Fourth Part (21-34) 58
C. Faith, Hope, Love (35) 65
Chapter III Prayer: With an Exposition of the Lord's Prayer 68
A. Prayer in General (1-13) 68
B. Exposition of the Lord's Prayer (14-30) 76
Introduction (14-16) 76
First Petition (17) 78
Second Petition (18-19) 79
Third Petition (20-21) 79
Fourth Petition (22-24) 80
Fifth Petition (25-26) 81
Sixth Petition (27-30) 82
C. The Practice of Prayer (31-33) 84
Chapter IV The Sacraments 87
A. The Sacraments in General (1-10) 87
B. Baptism (11-23) 94
C. The Lord's Supper (24-52) 102
D. Administration of the Sacraments (53) 122
Chapter V The Five False Sacraments 124
Introduction (1) 124
A. Confirmation (2-10) 125
B. Penance (11-44) 130
C. Extreme Unction (As They Call It) (45-48) 158
D. Ecclesiastical Orders (49-67) 161
E. Marriage (68-71) 172
Chapter VI Christian Freedom, Ecclesiastical Power, and Political Administration 176
A. Christian Freedom (1-13) 176
B. Ecclesiastical Power (14-34) 184
C. Civil Government (35-56) 207
Important Subjects Treated in this Book 227
Abbreviations Frequently Used in Endnotes 230
Endnotes 231
Epistle Dedicatory to Francis 231
Chapter I The Law 243
Chapter II Faith 252
Chapter III Prayer 268
Chapter IV The Sacraments 273
Chapter V The False Sacraments 290
Chapter VI Christian Freedom, &C 318
Appendices
Appendix I The Placards of 1534 339
Appendix II Martin Bucer on the Lord's Prayer 343
Appendix III Cop-Calvin, Academic Discourse (1533) 363
Appendix IV John Calvin's Latin Preface to Olivetan's French Bible (1535) 373
Indices
Index I Biblical References 378
Index II Comparative Table of 1536 and 1559 Institutes 387
Index III References to Classical Authors in the Endnotes 390
Index IV References to other Works of Calvin in the Endnotes 391
Index V Author, Source, and Person Index to the References in the Endnotes 392
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  • Posted February 9, 2011

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    One of the most significant Christian works in the best possible presentation.

    I was completely blown away with the way this book is done! I have tried to read the Institutes in the paper form but the volume of the work presents a serious challenge. So when I got my Nook, the Institutes was one of the first books I downloaded in hopes to finally conquer it. Too bad I got it from a different publisher - the digital version I had bought seemed even more confusing. One of my friends, a Reformed pastor, suggested I tried this version. I still cannot believe how well done this one is. The clear structure of the book, the hyperlinks, the active table of content, the ease of navigation is above any expectations! It includes all the text from the original work, all Calvin's notes on the Bible verses (you can basically open a list of Bible verses he commented on and "jump" directly to his notes on a particular verse, and then back), and yet you can easily navigate between all books, chapters and sections. I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in serious approach to studying the Bible or Christian religion all together. And if you are bound to read Calvin's Institutes, do yourself a favor and get this one - you will be impressed!

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 31, 2010

    Christianity as it should be understood

    This is the most readable translation of Calvin's magnum opus. Not to dismiss the Battles translation out-of-hand, but Beveridge's care and vocabulary raise these volumes to a separate level of scholarship.
    The 'Institutes,' like any great book, deserves 3 full readings to be properly grasped.
    Calvin does not approach his subjects in the way we normally understand 'systematic theology,' but as an erudite pastor taking his charges by the hand through the maze of many seemingly contradictory slices of Scripture.
    Approach this book with an open heart and mind and enjoy the rich harvest of a French genius.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 12, 2011

    A must-have for every serious student of the Bible

    John Calvin was one of the greatest Christian minds and an influential theologian of the 16th century. Institutes of the Christian Religion is his most prominent work. It is not an easy read by all means, consisting of 4 books, each of them containing numerous chapters, divided into subsections. The divisions are very logical, each addressing a separate issue. This particular publication offers an easy and convenient way to navigate through the parts of the books, effortlessly finding what the reader is looking for. I highly recommend this version to anyone who considers buying this book.

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  • Posted April 3, 2012

    Remarkably readable

    Calvin was a very orderly thinker. He would choose a topic and examine it carefully before passing on to the next. The topics are broken up into chapters brief enough to be readable in one sitting. He tried to be as lucid and brief as possible in his prose style, and for the most part succeeded. If you want to understand the Calvinist/Reformed branch of 16th century Protestantism, this is an excellent resource. There is no hypertext linking to chapters, but if you intend to read this volume straight through, that isn't a problem. Had there been decent internal links, I would have rated this at five stars.

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    Posted January 26, 2012

    complete

    not a bad buy.

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  • Posted October 15, 2011

    A must for reformed christians

    The ULTIMATE systematic theology is great on the nook.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 9, 2011

    Calvin is Better than His next Followers

    9/9/2011. Great way to research one of the top leaders of the Reformation in 1500's Europe. So easy to use and search.

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