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Instruction in Faith (1537)
Westminster John Knox Press / 1992 / Paperback
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This translation of a very enlightened book includes all the essentials of Calvin's position, unobscured by the complicated discussions characteristic of Calvin's later writings. Keeping Calvin's intentions in mind, Paul Fuhrmann presents an edition that has value for people who have a schaolarly interest in the Reformed tradition and for lay readers who wish to clarify and strengthen their own faith. Contents: Forward to the 1992 Edition; Historical Foreward 1. All men are born in order to know God 2. What difference there is between true and false religions 3. What we must know of God 4. Man 5. Free Will 6. Sin and Death 7. How we are delivered and restored to life 8. The Law of the Lord 9. The Summary of the Law 10. What comes to us from the Law alone 11. The law is a preparation to come to Christ 12. We apprehend Christ through faith 13. Election and Predestination 14. What True Faith is 15. Faith is a Gift of God 16. We are justified in Christ through Faith 17. We are sanctified through Faith in order to obey the law 18. Repentance and regeneration 19. How the righteousness through good deeds and the righteousness through faith fit and harmonize together 20. The symbol of faith 21. What is hope 22. Prayer 23. What one must consider in prayer 24. Exposition of the Lord's Prayer 25. Perseverance in Prayer 26. The Sacraments 27. What the Sacrament Is 28. Baptism 29. The Supper of the Lord 30. Human Traditions 32. Excommunications 33. The Magistrate or Civic Officer Notes
This translation of Calvin's enlightening book includes the essentials of his position on how one should think and live as a Christian. Keeping Calvin's intentions for a clear and simple text in mind, Paul Fugrmann presents an edition that has value for people who have a scholarly interest in the Reformed tradition and for lay readers who wish to clarify and strengthen their own faith.
John Calvin (1509-1564) was a major theologian of the Reformation period. He is known especially for his highly influential theological work, Institutes of the Christian Religion.
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