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Author: Calvin, Jean, 1509-1564.
Title: An abridgement of the Institution of Christian religion written by M. Ihon Caluin. VVherein briefe and sound ansvveres to the obiections of the aduersaries are set dovvne. By VVilliam Lawne minister of the word of God. Faithfullie translated out of Latine into English by Christopher Fetherstone minister of the word of God.
Publication info: Ann Arbor, Michigan: University of Michigan, Digital Library Production Service
2011 December (TCP phase 2)

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Print source: An abridgement of the Institution of Christian religion written by M. Ihon Caluin. VVherein briefe and sound ansvveres to the obiections of the aduersaries are set dovvne. By VVilliam Lawne minister of the word of God. Faithfullie translated out of Latine into English by Christopher Fetherstone minister of the word of God.
Calvin, Jean, 1509-1564., Lawne, William., Fetherston, Christopher,

Imprinted at Edinburgh [i.e. London]: By Thomas Vautrollier, 1585. [i.e. 1586?] Cum priuilegio regali.
Alternate titles: Institutio Christianae religionis. English. Abridgments Institutio Christianae religionis. Abridgement of Caluins institutions. Abridgement of Calvins institutions.
Abridgment and translation of: Institutio Christianae religionis.
The imprint is false; in fact printed in London (STC).
The dedication is dated: the 18 of Februarie. 1583.
Cf. Folger catalogue, which gives signatures: * A-2E (-2E7,8).
Includes index.
Running title reads: An abridgement of Caluins institutions.
Reproduction of the original in the Henry E. Huntington Library and Art Gallery.
Subject terms:
Catholic Church -- Controversial literature.
Reformed Church -- Doctrines -- Early works to 1800.

title page
To the Christian Reader.
A GENERALL TA∣BLE OF THE VVHOLE INSTITVTION OF CHRI∣STIAN RELIGION, COM∣prehending brieflie the prin∣cipall poincts.
CHAP. I. That the knowledge of God, and of our selues, are things ioyned togeather, and how they be lincked togeather.
CHAP. II. VVhat it is to knowe God, and to what ende the know∣ledge of him doth tend.
CHAP. III. That the knowledge of God is naturallie plan∣ted in mens mindes.
CHAP. IIII. That the same knowledge is either choked, or els cor∣rupted partlie through ignorance, and partly tho∣row malice.
CHAP. V. That the knowledge of God doth shine in the making of this worlde, and in the continuall gouerning thereof.
CHAP. VI. That a man hath neede to haue the Scripture to be his guide, that he may attaine to the knowledge of God the Creator.
CHAP. VII. Of the authoritie of the Scripture.
CHAP. VIII. Humane proofes which serue to establish the authori∣tie of the Scripture.
CHAP. IX. That fanaticall men ouerthrow all principles of godli∣nesse, which forsaking the Scripture runne to reue∣lations.
CHAP. X. God is set against idolls.
CHAP. II. That it is wickednesse to attribute anie visible forme to God, and that they fall from God generallie, who so euer they be which set vp to them selues idolles.
CHAP. XII. That God is distinguished from idols, that hee alone may be wholie worshipped.
CHAP. XIII. That the one essence of God doth containe in it three persons.
CHAP. XIIII. That in the verie creation of the worlde and of al things the scripture doth distinguish by certaine markes the true God from false Gods.
CHAP. XV. Of the creation of man.
CHAP. XVI. That God doth cherish & defend the world which he hath created by his power, & that he gouerneth all parts therof by his prouidence.
CHAP. XVII. Frutes of Gods prouidence.
CHAP. XVIII. That God doth so vse the seruice of wicked men, and doth so turne their mindes to execute his iudge∣ments, that he himselfe remaineth pure from all spot.
CHAP. I. That by the sinne and falling of Adam all mankind was subiect to the curse, and did degenerate from the first estate where originall sinne is handeled.
CHAP. II. That man is now spoiled of freedome of will, and subiect to miserable bondage.
CHAP. III. That there commeth nothing from the corrupt nature of man, but that which is damnable.
CHAP. IIII. How God worketh in the harts of men.
CHAP. V. A refutation of the obiections which are wont to be brought for the defence of Freewill.
CHAP. VI. That man being lost must seeke redem∣ption in Christ.
CHAP. VII. That the Lawe was giuen not to holde still the olde people in it, but to nourish hope of saluation in Christ vntill his comming.
CHAP. VIII. The exposition of the morall lawe.
The first Commmandement.
2. Commandement.
3. Commandement.
4. Commandement.
5. Commandement.
6 Commmandement.
7 Commandement.
8 Commandement.
9 Commandement.
10 Commandement.
CHAP. IX. That Christ although he was knowen vnder the law to the Iewes, yet was he deliuered onlie by the Gospel.
CHAP. X. Of the likelihood of the old and new Testament.
CHAP. XI. Of the difference of both Testaments. Quest.
CHAP. XII. That Christ must haue bene made man that he might fulfill the office of a Mediatour.
CHAP. XIII. That Christ tooke vpon him the true substance of mans flesh.
CHAP. XIIII. How the two natures of the Mediator do make one person.
CHAP. XV. That we may know to what end Christe mas sent of the father, and what hee brought vs, wee must respect three thinges in him, his prophetical office, his kingdome and his Priesthood.
CHAP. XVI. How Christ hath fulfilled the office of the redeemer, that hee might purchase saluation for vs, where his death and resurrection are handeled, and also his ascention into heauen.
CHAP. XVII. That it is rightlie and properlie said, that Christ hath deserued saluation for vs.
CHAP. I. That those thinges which are spoken of Chirst doe profite vs by the secret working of the spirite.
CHAP. II. Of faith where is set downe the definition thereof, and the properties that it hath are declared.
CHAP. III. That we are regenerate by faith, where repentance is handled.
CHAP. IIII. Howe farre that is from the purenesse of the Gospell, whatsoeuer the Sophisters babble in their schooles, touching repentance, where confession and satisfa∣ction are handeled.
CHAP. V. Of the supplies which they adde to satisfactions, name∣ly indulgences and purgatorie.
CHAP. VI. Of the life of a Christian man: and first of all by what argumentes the Scripture doeth exhort vs thero∣vnto.
CHAP. VII. The summe of a Christian life: where is handled the denying of our selues.
CHAP. VIII. Of the bearing of the crosse which is a part of deniall.
CHAP. IX. Of the meditation of the life to come.
CHAP. X. How we must vse this life and the helpes thereof.
CHAP. XI. Of the iustification of faith: and first of the definition of the name and thing.
CHAP. XII. That we may be throughlie perswaded of free iustifica∣tion we must lift vp our mindes vnto the tribunall seat of God.
CHAP. XIII. That ther must be two things obserued in free iustificatiō.
CHAP. XIIII. VVhat manner of beginning iustification hath, and the continuall processe thereof.
CHAP. XV. That those things which are boasted of the merites of workes, do ouerthrow aswell the praise of God in ge∣uing righteousnes, as the certaintie of saluation.
CHAP. XVI. The refutation of those sclaunders wherewith the Pa∣pistes indeuour to burthen this doctrine & to bring it in contempt.
CHAP. XVII. The reconciling of the promises of the Law and the Gospell.
CHAP. XVIII. That the righteousenesse of workes is ill gathered of the reward.
CHAP. XIX. Of Christian libertie.
CHAP. XX. Of praier which is the principall exercise of faith, and whereby we doe dailie receiue the benefites of God.
exegesis of the Our Father
Our father which art in heauen.
Hallowed be thy name.
Let thy kingdome come.
Thy will be done.
Geue vs this day our dayly bread.
Forgeue vs our debtes.
And leade vs not &c.
For thine is the kingdome.
CHAP. XXI. Of the eternall election whereby God hath appointed some to saluation, and some to destruction.
CHAP. XXII. The confirmation of this doctrine by testi∣monies of Scripture.
CHAP. XXIII. A refutation of the slaunders wherewith this doctrine hath alwayes bene wrongfully burdened.
CHAP. XXIIII. That election is confirmed by the calling of God, & that the reprobate do bring vpon them selues the iust iudgement whereto they are appointed.
CHAP. XXV. Of the resurrection.
CHAP. I. Of the true Churche with which wee ought to keepe vnitie.
CHAP. II. A comparison of the false Church with the true.
CHAP. III. Of the teachers and ministers of the Church, of their election and office.
CHAP. IIII. Of the state of the old Church, and the maner of gouer∣ning which was in vse before Poperie.
CHAP. V. That the ancient forme of gouernment was ouerthrowne by the tyrannie of the Papacie.
CHAP. VI. Of the supremacie of the Sea of Rome.
CHAP. VII. Of the beginning and increasing of the Romish papa∣cie, vntill it lifted vp it selfe so high, that both the libertie of the church was oppressed, and all mode∣ration was ouerthrowne thereby.
CHAP. VIII. Touching the power of the Church as touching the ar∣ticles of faith, and with what vnbridled licentious∣nesse it hath in the papacie bene wrested to corrupt all purenesse of doctrine.
CHAP. IX. Of Councels and their authoritie.
CHAP. X. Touching the power in making lawes, wherin the Pope with his adherents did exercise most cruell tyran∣nie and butcherie vpon soules.
CHAP. XI. Of the iurisdiction of the church, and the abuse ther∣of, such as we see in poperie.
CHAP. XII. Of the discipline of the church, whose principall vse is, in censures and excommunication.
CHAP. XIII. Of vowes, by rash making whereof euerie man hath mi∣serablie intangled himselfe.
CHAP. XIIII. Of the Sacraments.
CHAP. XV. Of Baptisme.
CHAP. XVI. That baptizing of infants doeth verie well agree both with the institution of Christe, and also with the nature of the signe.
CHAP. XVII. Of the holie supper of Christ, and what it auaileth vs.
CHAP. XVIII. Of the Popish Masse, by which sacriledge the Supper of Christ hath not only bene profaned, but also brought to nothing.
CHAP. XIX. Of the fiue sacraments falslie so called, where it is de∣clared that the fiue other be no sacraments which haue been hitherto commonlie taken for sacra∣ments: and also it is shewed what maner of things they be.
1. Of confirmation.
2. Of repentance.
3. Of the last annoynting, as they call it.
4, Of ecclesiasticall orders.
5. Touching Matrimonie
CHAP. XX. Of ciuill gouernment.