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Calvin’s Institutes

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This chapter traces the development of Calvin's concept of Scripture in the various editions of the Institutes. As the self-convincing character of Scripture is related to the authority of the church, the evidences for Scripture, and the witness of the Spirit in the hearts of believers, Calvin's concept of these relationships will be analyzed. Calvin kept working on his Institutio Christianae Religionis and its French translations during his life. The final Latin edition came twenty-three years after the first. According to Calvin, the opinion that the Scriptures derive their authority from the consensus of the church is a most pernicious error because it makes the inviolable truth of God dependent on human arbitrariness and undermines the certainty of faith. Calvin mentions two arguments: in Scripture the majesty of the truth comes to us in plain words and Scripture is confirmed by the consensus ecclesiae.

Keywords:Calvin; christianity; God; holy spirit; Scripture



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