Institutes of the Christian Religion: 1541 French Edition

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  • Copyright: 2009-03-15
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The first English translation of a classic text of pastoral theology. / John Calvin (15091564) originally wrote his famous Institutes of the Christian Religion in Latin. Beginning with the second edition of his work published in 1541, Calvin translated each new version into French, simultaneously adapting the text to suit lay audiences, shaping it subtly but clearly to teach, exhort, and encourage them. Besides reflecting a more pastoral bent on Calvin's part, this 1541 Institutes is also notable as one of the founding documents of the modern French language. / Elsie Anne McKee's masterful translation of the 1541 French Edition the first-ever English version offers full access to the brilliant mind of John Calvin as he considered what common Christian people should all know and practice.

Author Biography

John Calvin (1509-1564) was a French theologian and one of the most influential leaders of the sixteenth century Protestant Reformation. Elsie Anne Mckee is Archibald Alexander Professor of Reformation Studies and the History of Worship at Princeton Theological Seminary

Table of Contents

Introduction, by Elsie Anne McKeep. vii
Acknowledgementsp. xix
Institutes of the Christian Religion
The Arguments of This Bookp. 3
Dedication to Francis Ip. 5
Of the Knowledge of Godp. 23
Of the Knowledge of Man and of Free Willp. 47
Of the Lawp. 115
Of Faith, Where the Apostles' Creed Is Explainedp. 176
Of Penitencep. 271
Of Justification by Faith and by the Merits of Worksp. 318
Of the Similarities and Differences between the Old and New Testamentsp. 385
Of God's Predestination and Providencep. 414
Of Prayer, Where the Prayer of Our Lord Is Explainedp. 458
Of the Sacramentsp. 495
Of Baptismp. 510
Of the Lord's Supperp. 546
Of the Five Other Ceremonies Falsely Called Sacraments, That Is, Confirmation, Penance, Extreme Unction, Ecclesiastical Orders, and Marriagep. 584
Of Christian Libertyp. 617
Of the Power of the Churchp. 628
Of Civil Governmentp. 656
Of the Christian Lifep. 681
Index of Proper Namesp. 713
Index of Biblical Citationsp. 718
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