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Institutes of the Christian Religion, Book 4

John Calvin
  • Argument

  • Chapter 1

    Of the true church. Duty of cultivating unity with her, as the mother of all the godly.

  • Chapter 2

    Comparison between the false church and the true.

  • Chapter 3

    Of the teachers and ministers of the church. Their election and office.

  • Chapter 4

    Of the state of the primitive church, and the mode of government in use before the papacy.

  • Chapter 5

    The ancient form of government utterly corrupted by the tyranny of the papacy.

  • Chapter 6

    Of the primacy of the Romish see.

  • 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 overthrown.

  • Chapter 8

    Of the power of the church in articles of faith. The unbridled licence of the papal church in destroying purity of doctrine.

  • Chapter 9

    Of councils and their authority.

  • 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.

  • Chapter 11

    Of the jurisdiction of the church, and the abuses of it, as exemplified in the papacy.

  • Chapter 12

    Of the discipline of the church, and its principal use in censures and excommunication.

  • Chapter 13

    Of vows. The miserable entanglements caused by vowing rashly.

  • Chapter 14

    Of the sacraments.

  • Chapter 15

    Of baptism.

  • Chapter 16

    Pedobaptism. Its accordance with the institution of Christ, and the nature of the sign.

  • Chapter 17

    Of the Lord's supper, and the benefits conferred by it.

  • Chapter 18

    Of the popish mass. How it not only profanes, but annihilates the Lord's supper.

  • Chapter 19

    Of the five sacraments, falsely so called. Their spuriousness proved, and their true character explained.

  • Chapter 20

    Of civil government.

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