Institutes of the Christian Religion, Book Three cover

Institutes of the Christian Religion, Book Three

John Calvin (1509-1564)

1. 01 - Argument
2. 02 - The Benefits of Christ Made Available to Us
3. 03 - Of Faith, pt 1
4. 04 - Of Faith, pt 2
5. 05 - Of Faith, pt 3
6. 06 - Of Faith, pt 4
7. 07 - Of Faith, pt 5
8. 08 - Regeneration by Faith; Of Repentance, pt 1
9. 09 - Regeneration by Faith; Of Repentance, pt 2
10. 10 - Penitence Widely Different from Purity, pt 1
11. 11 - Penitence Widely Different from Purity, pt 2
12. 12 - Penitence Widely Different from Purity, pt 3
13. 13 - Penitence Widely Different from Purity, pt 4
14. 14 - Of the Modes of Supplementing Satisfaction
15. 15 - The Life of a Christian Man
16. 16 - A Summary of the Christian Life
17. 17 - Of Bearing the Cross
18. 18 - Of Meditating on the Future Life
19. 19 - How to Use the Present Life
20. 20 - Of Justification by Faith, pt 1
21. 21 - Of Justification by Faith, pt 2
22. 22 - Necessity of Contemplating the Judgment Seat
23. 23 - Two Things to Be Observed in Gratuitous Justification
24. 24 - The Beginning of Justification, pt 1
25. 25 - The Beginning of Justification, pt 2
26. 26 - The Boasted Merit of Works Subversive
27. 27 - Refutation of the Calumnies
28. 28 - The Promises of the Law and the Gospel Reconciled, pt 1
29. 29 - The Promises of the Law and the Gospel Reconciled, pt 2
30. 30 - The Righteousness of Works Improperly Inferred from Rewards
31. 31 - Of Christian Liberty, pt 1
32. 32 - Of Christian Liberty, pt 2
33. 33 - Of Prayer, pt 1
34. 34 - Of Prayer, pt 2
35. 35 - Of Prayer, pt 3
36. 36 - Of Prayer, pt 4
37. 37 - Of Prayer, pt 5
38. 38 - Of Prayer, pt 6
39. 39 - Of the Eternal Election
40. 40 - This Doctrine Confirmed by Proofs from Scripture pt 1
41. 41 - This Doctrine Confirmed by Proofs from Scripture pt 2
42. 42 - Refutation of the Calumnies, pt 1
43. 43 - Refutation of the Calumnies, pt 2
44. 44 - Election Confirmed by the Calling of God pt 1
45. 45 - Election Confirmed by the Calling of God pt 2
46. 46 - Of the Last Resurrection, pt 1
47. 47 - Of the Last Resurrection, pt 2

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Summary

Institutes of the Christian Religion is John Calvin's seminal work on Protestant systematic theology. Highly influential in the Western world and still widely read by theological students today, it was published in Latin in 1536 and in his native French in 1541, with the definitive editions appearing in 1559 (Latin) and in 1560 (French).The book was written as an introductory textbook on the Protestant faith for those with some learning already and covered a broad range of theological topics from the doctrines of church and sacraments to justification by faith alone and Christian liberty, and it vigorously attacked the teachings of those Calvin considered unorthodox, particularly Roman Catholicism to which Calvin says he had been "strongly devoted" before his conversion to Protestantism. The over-arching theme of the book – and Calvin's greatest theological legacy – is the idea of God's total sovereignty, particularly in salvation and election.The Institutes are a primary reference for the system of doctrine adopted by the Reformed churches, usually called Calvinism. Book Three of the Institutes, "which contains a full exposition of the Third Part of the Apostles’ Creed, treats of the mode of procuring the grace of Christ, the benefits which we derive and the effects which follow from it, or of the operations of the Holy Spirit in regard to our salvation."