Faith and Christianity

INSTITUTES OF THE CHRISTIAN RELIGION Part II

This is part two of my posts from the Wylie study.

Here are two summary chapters that Wylie writes on the Institutes.

History-Protestantism-Vol2 – Calvin’s Institutes

These are:

CHAPTER 23.

THE “INSTITUTES.”

Calvin Discards the Aristotelian Method — How a True Science of Astronomy is Formed — Calvin Proceeds in the same way in Constructing his Theology — Induction — Christ Himself sets the Example of the Inductive Method — Calvin goes to the Field of Scripture — His Pioneers — The Schoolmen — Melanchthon — Zwingli — The Augsburg Confession — Calvin’s System more Complete — Two Tremendous Facts — First Edition of the Institutes — Successive Editions — The Creed its Model — Enumeration of its Principal Themes-God the Sole Fountain of all things — Christ the One Source of Redemption and Salvation — The Spirit the One Agent in the Application of Redemption — The Church — Her Worship and Government.

CHAPTER 24.

CALVIN ON PREDESTINATION AND ELECTION.

Calvin’s Views on the Affirmative Side — God as the Author of all things Ordains all that is to come to pass — The Means equally with the End comprehended in the Decree — As Sovereign, God Executes all that comes to pass — Calvin’s Views on the Negative Side — Man a Free Agent — Man an Accountable Being — Calvin maintained side by side God’s Eternal Ordination and Man’s Freedom of Action — Cannot Reconcile the Two — Liberty and Necessity — Tremendous Difficulties confessed to Attach to Both Theories — Explanations — Locke and Sir William Hamilton — Growth of the Institutes.

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