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Institutes of the Christian Religion: Book 1

By John Calvin


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   Argument - INSTITUTES OF THE CHRISTIAN RELIGION BOOK FIRST. OF THE KNOWLEDGE OF GOD THE CREATOR ARGUMENT. The First Book treats of the knowledge of ...read
   Chapter 1 - THE KNOWLEDGE OF GOD AND OF OURSELVES MUTUALLY CONNECTED. --NATURE OF THE CONNECTION. Sections. 1. The sum of true wisdom--viz. the knowledge ...read
   Chapter 2 - WHAT IT IS TO KNOW GOD,--TENDENCY OF THIS KNOWLEDGE. Sections. 1. The knowledge of God the Creator defined. The substance of this knowledge, a ...read
   Chapter 3 - THE KNOWLEDGE OF GOD NATURALLY IMPLANTED IN THE HUMAN MIND. Sections. 1. The knowledge of God being manifested to all makes the reprobate with ...read
   Chapter 4 - THE KNOWLEDGE OF GOD STIFLED OR CORRUPTED, IGNORANTLY OR MALICIOUSLY. Sections. 1. The knowledge of God suppressed by ignorance, many falling ...read
   Chapter 5 - THE KNOWLEDGE OF GOD CONSPICUOUS IN THE CREATION, AND CONTINUAL GOVERNMENT OF THE WORLD. This chapter consists of two parts: 1. The former, which o ...read
   Chapter 6 - THE NEED OF SCRIPTURE, AS A GUIDE AND TEACHER, IN COMING TO GOD AS A CREATOR. Sections. 1. God gives his elect a better help to the knowledge ...read
   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 ...read
   Chapter 8 - THE CREDIBILITY OF SCRIPTURE SUFFICIENTLY PROVED IN SO FAR AS NATURAL REASON ADMITS. This chapter consists of four parts. The first contains certai ...read
   Chapter 9 - ALL THE PRINCIPLES OF PIETY SUBVERTED BY FANATICS, WHO SUBSTITUTE REVELATIONS FOR SCRIPTURE. Sections. 1. The temper and error of the Libertin ...read
   Chapter 10 - IN SCRIPTURE, THE TRUE GOD OPPOSED, EXCLUSIVELY, TO ALL THE GODS OF THE HEATHEN. Sections. 1. Explanation of the knowledge of God resumed. God ...read
   Chapter 11 - IMPIETY OF ATTRIBUTING A VISIBLE FORM TO GOD.--THE SETTING UP OF IDOLS A DEFECTION FROM THE TRUE GOD. There are three leading divisions in this cha ...read
   Chapter 12 - GOD DISTINGUISHED FROM IDOLS, THAT HE MAY BE THE EXCLUSIVE OBJECT OF WORSHIP. Sections. 1. Scripture, in teaching that there is but one God, d ...read
   Chapter 13 - THE UNITY OF THE DIVINE ESSENCE IN THREE PERSONS TAUGHT, IN SCRIPTURE, FROM THE FOUNDATION OF THE WORLD. This chapter consists of two parts. The fo ...read
   Chapter 14 - IN THE CREATION OF THE WORLD, AND ALL THINGS IN IT, THE TRUE GOD DISTINGUISHED BY CERTAIN MARKS FROM FICTITIOUS GODS. In this chapter commences the ...read
   Chapter 15 - STATE IN WHICH MAN WAS CREATED. THE FACULTIES OF THE SOUL--THE IMAGE OF GOD--FREE WILL--ORIGINAL RIGHTEOUSNESS. This chapter is thus divided:--I. T ...read
   Chapter 16 - THE WORLD, CREATED BY GOD, STILL CHERISHED AND PROTECTED BY HIM. EACH AND ALL OF ITS PARTS GOVERNED BY HIS PROVIDENCE. The divisions of this chapte ...read
   Chapter 17 - USE TO BE MADE OF THE DOCTRINE OF PROVIDENCE. This chapter may be conveniently divided into two parts:--I. A general explanation is given of the do ...read
   Chapter 18 - THE INSTRUMENTALITY OF THE WICKED EMPLOYED BY GOD, WHILE HE CONTINUES FREE FROM EVERY TAINT. [138] This last chapter of the First Book consists of ...read

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