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Letters Of John Calvin

Selected from the Bonnet Edition with an introductory biographical sketch

Letters Of John Calvin
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Weight 0.18 kg
Dimensions 18.1 x 12.1 x 1.4 cm
page-count

261

Banner Pub Date

Oct 1, 1980

topic

Life Issues, Church Life, General Theology

Original Pub Date

1564 (actually 1855)

format

Book

binding

Paperback

isbn

9780851513232

Book Description

Calvin wrote to kings and princes, Reformers and friends, nobility and common people alike. His letters reveal a man of deep pastoral concern, consistent and exemplary evangelistic zeal, with a humble sense of the final authority of God and his Word. This selection, chosen from the 19th century translation, contains a number of letters written in connection with the establishment of the Reformation in England, a cross-section of Calvin’s correspondence with his closest friends, especially William Farel, and also Luther and Melanchthon. There are also letters of pastoral counsel and encouragement, and perhaps most moving of all, Calvin’s exhortations to five young men imprisoned in Lyons, France, awaiting the day of their certain martyrdom.

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  INTRODUCTION 13
  THE LIFE OF CALVIN 15
  LETTERS OF CALVIN 31
  1/TO NICOLAS DUCHEMIN 31
  Calvin at the University of Orleans – his early friendships – he is recalled to Noyon by the illness of his father.  
  2/TO FRANCIS DANIEL 32
  Calvin’s first work – Commentary on Seneca’s Treatise De Clementia  
  3/TO CHRISTOPHER LIBERTET 33
  Calvin in Basle – revision of the Bible of Robert Olivetan – treatise on the Immortality of the Soul.  
  4/TO FRANCIS DANIEL 36
  Calvin in Geneva – translation into French of the Institutes – disputation of Lausanne – establishment of the doctrines of the Reformation in the Pays de Vaud.  
  5/TO LOUIS DU TILLET 39
  Departure of Louis du Tillet from Geneva – regret of Calvin – controversy between the two friends regarding the character of the Church of Jesus Christ.  
  6/TO HENRY BULLINGER 44
  State of the Church at Geneva – wish for the union of the Reformed Churches – mention of Luther.  
  7/TO WILLIAM FAREL 47
  Farel called as minister to the Church of Neuchâtel – sad condition of the Church at Geneva – uncertainty of Calvin – Bucer’s urgency to draw him to Strassburg.  
  8/TO FAREL 51
  Death of Courault – Calvin’s discouragement and trust in God – answers a question of Saunier regarding the Supper – the faithful at Geneva exhorted not to separate from the new preachers – affectionate advice given to Farel.  
  9/TO FAREL 56
  Second edition of the Institutes – death of Robert Olivetan – state of religion in Germany – first lectures of Calvin at Strassburg.  
  10/TO FAREL 59
  Impressions of Calvin on his recall to Geneva – rigorous application of discipline in his church – news of Germany, of France, and of England.  
  11/TO PETER VIRET 62
  Excuses for his silence – sad news from France – repugnance of Calvin to return to Geneva – his comparative estimate of Capito, Zwingli, Luther and Œcolampadius.  
  12/TO FAREL 65
  Prepares to depart for Geneva – self-denial of Calvin – absolute submission to the will of God.  
  13/TO FAREL 67
  Details of the death of the first Syndic, Amy Porral.  
  14/TO LUTHER 71
  Calvin submits to Luther several of his writings of which he desires to obtain his approval  
  15/TO MELANCHTHON 73
  He complains of Luther’s tyranny, and affectionately exhorts Melanchthon to manifest greater decision and firmness.  
  16/TO MONSIEUR DE FALAIS 76
  Exhortation to glorify God amid poverty and persecution.  
  17/TO JOHN FRELLON 79
  Rupture of the relations between Calvin and Servetus.  
  18/TO FAREL 80
  Reply to various questions – threat against Servetus – imprisonment of one of the leaders of the Libertines.  
  19/TO VIRET 83
  Calvin invites his friend to Geneva after the death of his wife.  
  20/TO FAREL 84
  False report of Calvin’s death – proposition (query) by the wife of Amy Perrin – calumnious accusation against Idelette de Bure – journey of Farel to Geneva  
  21/TO THE PROTECTOR SOMERSET 87
  Duties imposed on the Protector by the high office which he holds – plan of a complete reformation in England – preaching of the pure Word of God – rooting out of abuses – correction of vices and scandalous offences.  
  22/TO VIRET 104
  Death of Idelette de Bure, the wife of Calvin  
  23/TO FAREL 106
  Further details regarding the death of Idelette de Bure.  
  24/TO MADAME DE CANY 108
  Account of the death of Madame Laurent de Normandie.  
  25/TO THE PROTECTOR SOMERSET 113
  Congratulations on the royal favour shown to the Duke of Somerset – use to be made of his influence for spreading the Gospel in England.  
  26/TO WILLIAM RABOT 117
  Exhortation to the study of the Scriptures.  
  27/TO THE KING OF ENGLAND 119
  He exhorts him to persevere in the work of the Reformation in his kingdom – enumeration of abuses, ceremonies, ecclesiastical elections – universities.  
  28/TO A FRENCH GENTLEMAN 124
  Sickness of Theodore Beza – Calvin’s grief.  
  29/TO THE DUKE OF SOMERSET 125
  Protestations of attachment – reforms required in the Church of England – squandering of the revenues of benefices and of the universities.  
  30/TO LAELIUS SOCINUS 128
  Refusal to reply to the questions proposed to him by Socinus.  
  31/TO CRANMER 130
  Agreement to the proposal for assembling a General Synod for the more close union of the Reformed Churches.  
  32/TO THE FIVE PRISONERS OF LYONS 134
  Martial Alba, Peter Escrivain, Charles Favre, Peter Navihères, Bernard Seguin – Information on various doctrinal points, and assurances of Christian sympathy.  
  33/TO EDWARD VI 138
  Dedication of a new work, and Christian exhortations.  
  34/TO CRANMER 140
  Calvin exhorts him to prosecute with fresh zeal the reformation of the Church in England, by purging it of the relics of Popery.  
  35/TO THE FIVE PRISONERS OF LYONS 143
  Exhortations to constancy – mention of Ortiz the Inquisitor.  
  36/TO EDWARD VI 145
  Recommendation of a French gentleman, a prisoner for the sake of the Gospel.  
  37/TO CRANMER 147
  He entreats his influence in favour of the person already recommended to the King.  
  38/TO THE FIVE PRISONERS OF LYONS 148
  He exhorts them to steadfastness to the end, in the assurance of eternal joy reserved in heaven.  
  39/TO THE PRISONERS OF LYONS 152
  He impresses on them the duty of maintaining their confession of the truth quietly and modestly.  
  40/TO BULLINGER 156
  Expression of regret for the death of the King of England – sad condition of the German Churches.  
  41/TO FAREL 157
  Arrest of Servetus, and institution of the process against him.  
  42/TO MELANCHTHON 159
  He deplores the silence of Melanchthon, and urges him to apply himself to the controverted questions of Election and the Lord’s Supper.  
  43/TO THE ENGLISH AT FRANKFORT 163
  He exhorts them to make in their liturgy all the changes compatible with the maintenance of union and the peace of their Church.  
  44/TO THE DUCHESS OF FERRARA 165
  He exhorts her to make a courageous display of her faith under persecution.  
  45/TO MELANCHTHON 168
  Thanks him for his approval of the condemnation of Servetus – urgent entreaties to determine Melanchthon to pronounce with more firmness in the question of the sacraments.  
  46/TO BULLINGER 170
  Defeat of the party of the Libertines at Geneva – answer of the Swiss churches to the defence of the Consensus.  
  47/TO JOHN KNOX 173
  Criticism of the Anglican Liturgy – counsels addressed to the parties which divide the foreign Church of Frankfort.  
  48/TO BULLINGER 175
  Account of the nocturnal riot excited by the Libertines at Geneva – defeat and total dispersion of that party.  
  49/TO PETER MARTYR 187
  Fall of the French Church of Strasbourg – grief of Calvin  
  50/TO RICHARD VAUVILLE 188
  Christian consolations on the occasion of his wife’s death.  
  51/TO THE KING OF POLAND 189
  He exhorts him to undertake courageously the reform of his states, in proposing to him the example of David, Hezekiah, and Josiah.  
  52/TO FAREL 193
  Complaints about the bad proceedings of the Seigneurs of Berne – domestic griefs  
  53/TO MONSIEUR D’ANDELOT 195
  He blames him for his weakness – and exhorts him to repair the scandal caused by his fall.  
  54/TO THE EARL OF ARRAN 198
  Eulogiums on his attachment to the gospel, and on his zeal to spread it.  
  55/TO THE  MINISTERS OF NEUCHATEL 201
  He deplores the marriage of Farel, in recalling to their minds the glorious services which he has rendered to the cause of truth.  
  56/TO FAREL 204
  He makes an excuse for not being able to be present at the marriage of his friend.  
  57/TO WILLIAM CECIL 206
  Hopes connected with the accession of Elizabeth – wishes for the establishment of the pure gospel in England.  
  58/TO JEROME ZANCHI 209
  Call to the ministry in the Church of Geneva.  
  59/TO WILLIAM CECIL 211
  He exculpates himself to this minister of the imputations brought against him on account of a writing of Knox’s.  
  60/TO JOHN KNOX 214
  Answers to different ecclesiastical questions.  
  61/TO THE BRETHREN IN FRANCE 218
  He exhorts them to redouble their faith to meet their redoubled persecutions, and to live and die for the confession of Jesus Christ.  
  62/TO THE BISHOP OF LONDON 226
  Recommendation of the French Church of London – Eulogium of des Gallars – Wish for a complete Reform of the Anglican Church.  
  63/TO THE KING OF NAVARRE 229
  He exhorts him to pursue with ardour the restoration of the gospel in France.  
  64/TO THE QUEEN OF NAVARRE 231
  He congratulates her on her conversion, and lays before her, her principal duties as a Christian princess.  
  65/TO THE ADMIRAL COLIGNY 234
  Encomiums on the constancy of the Admiral – Recommendation of Geneva.  
  66/TO JOHN KNOX 236
  Explanations on the subject of a letter – Expression of satisfaction at the progress of the Reformation in Scotland and of sympathy for a domestic affliction.  
  67/TO THE KING OF NAVARRE 239
  Warning on the subject of the Lutheran intrigues to introduce into France the Confession of Augsburg.  
  68/TO THE PHYSICIANS OF MONTPELLIER 242
  Medical consultation.  
  69/TO BULLINGER 244
  Sufferings of Calvin and the inefficacy of the healing art to relieve them – News of France and Germany.  
  70/TO FAREL 246
  Last adieus.  
  LAST DISCOURSES OF CALVIN 247
  LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT OF MASTER JOHN CALVIN 249
  CALVIN’S FAREWELL TO THE SEIGNEURS OF GENEVA 253
  CALVIN’S FAREWELL TO THE MINISTERS OF GENEVA 257

 

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