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Tracts and Letters of John Calvin 7 Volume Set HB

Tracts and Letters of John Calvin 7 Volume Set HB

By: John Calvin

£79.99 £90.00
Product Details
Publisher Banner of Truth
Year 2009
ISBN 9780851519876

Long unavailable the republication of Calvin’s Tracts and Letters will delight all who have come to delight in the writings of the sixteenth-century reformer of Geneva.

3 Vols of Tracts

Three volumes of Tracts comprise some of Calvin’s most important writings. Volume 1 begins with the Life of Calvin written by his close friend and colleague, Theodore Beza. An outline of Calvin’s life and work by an eye-witness and intimate friend, it will never be entirely superseded by any other biography. There follows several miscellaneous Tracts relating to the reformation, which all have a strong bearing on the leading points at issue between Roman Catholics and Protestants. Among them is the famous exchange with Cardinal Sadaleto and The Necessity of Reforming the Church.

The Tracts contained in the second volume discuss subjects which are of the highest importance in themselves. They range widely over a very extensive field, presenting us both with general summaries of the Truth, in its most elementary form (Calvin’s Catechism, etc.), and also with learned and profound treatments of more difficult points, particularly the nature of our Saviour’s Presence in the Supper.

The four Tracts that comprise the third volume, were selected partly on account of their own intrinsic value, and partly on account of the additional interest which recent controversies have given to some of the subjects considered in them. They contain lucid discussions on all the leading points in the controversy with Rome, furnish wholesome advice in answer to a question which once was, and will probably again become, of great practical importance (The True Method of Reforming the Church and Healing Her Divisions); and refute the wild dogma which a kind of infidel fanaticism had devised, asserting, that in the interval between death and the final judgment the soul remains in a state of sleep or unconscious existence.

All the Tracts sustain the reputation of their distinguished author; and, considering their controversial nature, do not often display the virulent spirit and intemperate language for which modern critics all too often condemn Calvin.

4 Vols of Letters

The man who regularly lectured to theological students, preached on average five times a week and authored enough material to fill forty-eight enormous volumes could scarcely be expected to show enthusiasm for correspondence. Yet in the Complete Works of John Calvin there are to be found no less than eleven volumes of his correspondence!

Calvin wrote to kings and princes, reformers and friends, nobility and common people alike. His letters discuss affairs of State, but also the most mundane problems of everyday life, and through them all is revealed a man of deep pastoral concern, consistent and exemplary evangelistic zeal, with a humble sense of the final authority of God and his word.

The four volumes of letters in this edition range from 1528 to the year of the reformer’s death in 1564, and are of enormous historical interest. But their permanent significance lies in the reminder they provide of a great work of God, and the example they set of compassionate Christian care, and a deep concern for the advance of the gospel wherever it is proclaimed. Calvin’s personal ambition undergirds each letter: ‘It is enough that I live and die for Christ who is to his followers a gain both in life and in death.’

 

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Volume 1            
Life Of John Calvin, By Theodore Beza              Xvii
Letter By James Sadolet, A Roman Cardinal, To The Senate And People Of Geneva           3
Reply By John Calvin To Letter By Cardinal Sadolet To The Senate And People Of Geneva              25
Articles Agreed Upon By The Faculty Of Sacred Theology Of Paris, With The Antidote      72
The Necessity Of Reforming The Church               123
A Paternal Admonition By The Roman Pontiff, Paul Iii To The Most Invincible Emperor, Charles V               237
Remarks On The Letter Of Pope Paul Iii  257
An Admonition, Showing The Advantages Which Christendom Might Derive From An Inventory Of Relics              289
Volume 2            
Translator’S Preface       vii
I               Catechisim Of The Church Of Geney A   33
II             Forms Of Prayer               95
III            Form Of Administering The Sacraments 114
IV            Visitation Of The Sick      127
V             Brief Confession Of Faith              130
VI            Confession Of Faith Of The Reformed Churches Of France           137
VII          Short Treatise On The Lord’S Supper       163
VIII         Mutual Consent As To The Sacraments  199
IX            Second Defence Of The Sacraments       245
X             Last Admonition To Joachim Westphal   346
XI            True Partaking Of The Flesh And Blood Of Christ                495
XII           Best Method Of Concord On The Sacraments     573
Volume 3            
Translator’S Preface       vii
I               Canons And Decrees Of The Council Of Trent, With The Antidote              17
II             Adultero-German Interim, With Calvin’S Refutation, And              189
The True Method Of Reforming The Church And Healing Her Divisions    240
III            The Sinfulness Of Outward Conformity To Romish Rites 359
IV            Psychopannychia; Or, The Soul’S Imaginary Sleep Between Death And Judgment             413
Volume 4            
Letters Sent In 1528        25
Letters Sent In 1529        27
Letters Sent In 1530        30
Letters Sent In 1532        31
Letters Sent In 1533        35
Letters Sent In 1534        41
Letters Sent In 1536        42
Letters Sent In 1537        47
Letters Sent In 1538        60
Letters Sent In 1539        104
Letters Sent In 1540        171
Letters Sent In 1541        225
Letters Sent In 1542        311
Letters Sent In 1543        364
Letters Sent In 1544        403
Letters Sent In 1545        434
Volume 5            
Letters Sent In 1545        15
Letters Sent In 1546        26
Letters Sent In 1547        94
Letters Sent In 1548        157
Letters Sent In 1549        201
Letters Sent In 1550        257
Letters Sent In 1551        287
Letters Sent In 1552        331
Letters Sent In 1553        384
Volume 6            
Letters Sent In 1554        15
Letters Sent In 1555        114
Letters Sent In 1556        247
Letters Sent In 1557        308
Letters Sent In 1558        390
Volume 7            
Letters Sent In 1559        15
Letters Sent In 1560        87
Letters Sent In 1561        161
Letters Sent In 1562        252
Letters Sent In 1563        286
Letters Sent In 1564        348
Last Discourses Of Calvin             
Last Will And Testament Of Master John Calvin  365
Calvin’S Farewell To The Seigneurs Of Geneva   369
Calvin’S Farewell To The Ministers Of Geneva    372
Appendix           
Letters Sent In 1534        381
Letters Sent In 1538        382
Letters Sent In 1539        400
Letters Sent In 1546        405
Letters Sent In 1548        409
Letters Sent In 1552        413
Letters Sent In 1553        419
Letters Sent In 1555        421
Letters Sent In 1557        427
Letters Sent In 1558        429
An Historical Calumny Refuted   434
XVI         To Monseigneur, Monseigneur Du Poet, General Of Religion In Dauphiny             438
XVII        Monseigneur, Monseigneur Du Poet, Grand Chamberlain Of Navarre And Governor Of The Town Of Montelimart At Crest                439
XVIII      A Baron Of Dauphiny      441

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