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Institutes of the Christian Religion: Book 4

By John Calvin


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   Argument - INSTITUTES OF THE CHRISTIAN RELIGION BOOK FOURTH. OF THE HOLY CATHOLIC CHURCH ARGUMENT. In the former Books an exposition has been given ...read
   Chapter 1 - OF THE TRUE CHURCH. DUTY OF CULTIVATING UNITY WITH HER, AS THE MOTHER OF ALL THE GODLY. The three divisions of this chapter are,--I. The article of ...read
   Chapter 2 - COMPARISON BETWEEN THE FALSE CHURCH AND THE TRUE. The divisions of the chapter are,--I. Description of a spurious Church, resembling the Papacy vau ...read
   Chapter 3 - OF THE TEACHERS AND MINISTERS OF THE CHURCH. THEIR ELECTION AND OFFICE. The three heads of this chapter are,--I. A few preliminary remarks on Churc ...read
   Chapter 4 - OF THE STATE OF THE PRIMITIVE CHURCH, AND THE MODE OF GOVERNMENT IN USE BEFORE THE PAPACY. The divisions of this chapter are,--I. The mode of gover ...read
   Chapter 5 - THE ANCIENT FORM OF GOVERNMENT UTTERLY CORRUPTED BY THE TYRANNY OF THE PAPACY. This chapter consists of two parts,--I. Who are called to the minist ...read
   Chapter 6 - OF THE PRIMACY OF THE ROMISH SEE. The divisions of this chapter are,--I. Question stated, and an argument for the primacy of the Roman Pontiff draw ...read
   Chapter 7 - OF THE BEGINNING AND RISE OF THE ROMISH PAPACY, TILL IT ATTAINED A HEIGHT BY WHICH THE LIBERTY OF THE CHURCH WAS DESTROYED, AND ALL TRUE RULE OVERTHR ...read
   Chapter 8 - OF THE POWER OF THE CHURCH IN ARTICLES OF FAITH. THE UNBRIDLED LICENCE OF THE PAPAL CHURCH IN DESTROYING PURITY OF DOCTRINE. This chapter is divide ...read
   Chapter 9 - OF COUNCILS AND THEIR AUTHORITY. [579] Since Papists regard their Councils as expressing the sentiment and consent of the Church, particularly as r ...read
   Chapter 10 - OF THE POWER OF MAKING LAWS. THE CRUELTY OF THE POPE AND HIS ADHERENTS, IN THIS RESPECT, IN TYRANNICALLY OPPRESSING AND DESTROYING SOULS. This chap ...read
   Chapter 11 - OF THE JURISDICTION OF THE CHURCH, AND THE ABUSES OF IT, AS EXEMPLIFIED IN THE PAPACY. This chapter may be conveniently comprehended under two head ...read
   Chapter 12 - OF THE DISCIPLINE OF THE CHURCH, AND ITS PRINCIPAL USE IN CENSURES AND EXCOMMUNICATION. This chapter consists of two parts:--I. The first part of e ...read
   Chapter 13 - OF VOWS. THE MISERABLE ENTANGLEMENTS CAUSED BY VOWING RASHLY. This chapter consists of two parts,--I. Of vows in general, sec. 1-8. II. Of monastic ...read
   Chapter 14 - OF THE SACRAMENTS. This chapter consists of two principal parts,--I. Of sacraments in general. The sum of the doctrine stated, sec. 1-6. Two classe ...read
   Chapter 15 - OF BAPTISM. There are two parts of this chapter,--I. Dissertation on the two ends of Baptism, sec. 1-13. II. The second part may be reduced to four ...read
   Chapter 16 - PDDOBAPTISM. ITS ACCORDANCE WITH THE INSTITUTION OF CHRIST, AND THE NATURE OF THE SIGN. Divisions of this chapter,--I. Confirmation of the orthodox ...read
   Chapter 17 - OF THE LORD'S SUPPER, AND THE BENEFITS CONFERRED BY IT. This chapter is divided into two principal heads.--I. The first part shows what it is that ...read
   Chapter 18 - OF THE POPISH MASS. HOW IT NOT ONLY PROFANES, BUT ANNIHILATES THE LORD'S SUPPER. The principal heads of this chapter are,--I. The abomination of th ...read
   Chapter 19 - OF THE FIVE SACRAMENTS, FALSELY SO CALLED. THEIR SPURIOUSNESS PROVED, AND THEIR TRUE CHARACTER EXPLAINED. There are two divisions of this chapter,- ...read
   Chapter 20 - OF CIVIL GOVERNMENT. This chapter consists of two principal heads,--I. General discourse on the necessity, dignity, and use of Civil Government, in ...read

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