by John Calvin
Translated by Sophie Mauroux
"Of Faith: With an Explanation of the Apostles’ Creed" is a theological work by the influential Reformer John Calvin which comes from the 1541 French edition of Calvin's Institutes. In this book, Calvin considers the foundational concept of faith, exploring its nature, significance, and application within the context of Christian belief. The book also includes a detailed explanation of the Apostles' Creed, a concise statement of Christian faith that outlines essential theological doctrines.
In his usual devotional and deeply pastoral style, Calvin aims to guide readers toward a more profound understanding of faith and its relationship to salvation. Calvin addresses various aspects of faith, such as its connection to God's grace, its role in the Christian life, and the assurance it provides to believers.
Throughout the work, Calvin emphasizes the importance of faith as the means by which believers are justified before God and receive the gift of salvation. He explores the intricate interplay between faith, hope, and love, showing how these virtues form a cohesive foundation for Christian living. Calvin also tackles theological controversies and misunderstandings related to faith, offering clear explanations and scriptural references to support his arguments.
The book is structured around an in-depth exploration of the Apostles' Creed, dissecting each statement and drawing profound insights from the creed's concise language. Calvin uses scriptural references, historical context, and theological reasoning to expound upon the creed's central tenets and to guide readers in their understanding of Christian doctrine.
This is a work that seeks to edify and educate readers, providing them with a comprehensive understanding of faith's theological significance within the broader framework of Christian beliefs. It embodies Calvin aims to inspire a deeper communion with God through a profound understanding of faith and the core doctrines of the Christian faith.
Table of Contents
THE FIRST PART: I believe in God the Father almighty
THE SECOND PART: In Jesus Christ, His Only Son, Our Lord
THE THIRD PART: I believe in the Holy Spirit
THE FOURTH PART: I believe the holy catholic church, the communion of saints