Theologian par excellence of the Reformation, John Calvin is best known for his Institutes of the Christian Religion, written as a theological introduction to the Bible and a vindication of Reformation principles. After appearing in several editions beginning in 1536, Calvin’s Institutes was finally published in this authoritative 1559 edition. This particular edition includes footnotes by translator Henry Beveridge and an additional set of footnotes from Robert Dunzweiler’s edition of the Institutes.
“Hence we may infer, that the human mind is, so to speak, a perpetual forge of idols.” (source)
“Hence that dread and amazement with which as Scripture uniformly relates, holy men were struck and overwhelmed whenever they beheld the presence of God. When we see those who previously stood firm and secure so quaking with terror, that the fear of death takes hold of them, nay, they are, in a manner, swallowed up and annihilated, the inference to be drawn is that men are never duly touched and impressed with a conviction of their insignificance, until they have contrasted themselves with the majesty of God.” (source)
“That there exists in the human minds and indeed by natural instinct, some sense of Deity, we hold to be beyond dispute, since God himself, to prevent any man from pretending ignorance, has endued all men with some idea of his Godhead, the memory of which he constantly renews and occasionally enlarges, that all to a man being aware that there is a God, and that he is their Maker, may be condemned by their own conscience when they neither worship him nor consecrate their lives to his service.” (source)
“We shall now have a full definition of faith284 if we say that it is a firm and sure knowledge of the divine favor toward us, founded on the truth of a free promise in Christ,D57 and revealed to our minds, and sealed on our hearts, by the Holy Spirit.” (source)
“because error never can be eradicated from the heart of man until the true knowledge of God has been implanted in it.” (source)