Calvin's Institutes

Beveridge Version

The original text of the Institutes for this program was downloaded from the Christian Classic Ethereal Library several years ago. I have taken this text and endeavoured to give it a simple user interface and a powerful search facility by using Microsoft's MediaView V1.4 engine. MediaView was the backbone of Microsoft's Encarta Encylopedia around 1996. Any changes or correction to the text have been made in accordance with the single volume Beveridge text published by Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 1989 (1995 Reprint) including all footnotes, the Author Index, General Index and 100 Aphormisms.

This version of Calvin's Institutes is at 32 Bit program and will only run on Windows 95/98, NT/2000/ME/XP. It will not run under Windows 3.1. If you require at version for Windows 3.1 please email ( me and I will send the relevant files by return e-mail. An "downloadable" HTML version is also available on this site. Click Here. As is a full "online" version.

In the program I have deviated from the normal convention of referring to sections of the Institutes in terms of a mixture of roman numerals and numbers for that of numbers only. This was to facilitate (hopefully) wider and easier use. My apology to the "Calvin Scholars" who may find this a problem.

As with all my programs I make no warranty or guarantee. You use the program at your own risk.

This program is FREEWARE, but please give me with some feedback its usefulness, any problems you encountered and how it might be improved. Please send your comments by email (

How does the program work?

Getting Started

To move from section to section of the Institutes you will need to click on the hyperlinks (just like in the browser you are using now). All of the hyperlinks in this version of the Institutes are in bold type, however, not all bold type is a hyperlinked. A hyperlinks are revealed as the cursor turns into a hand when it is moved over the top of it. To move to the hyerlink simple click on it.

From the Table of Contents there are links to the four Books and other material that make up the Institutes. From the Books there are links to the individual chapters. At any point you can return to the previous page by clicking the Back button, or go back to the Table of Contents by clicking the Contents button.

Once you have found the book and chapter in the Institutes, if you wish to move to the next chapter simply click on the Right Arrow [>>] button. To move to the previous chapter click on thr Left Arrow [<<] button.

From the Contents page are links to various prefatory notes and addresses to earlier version of the Institutes. There is also a link to the Scripture citation index. This index has been expanded and corrected from that found in the Eerdmans publication.


One of the most useful features of this program is the powerful index and full text search capabilities. Themes or concepts are found through the Index, exact words or phrases through the Full Text Search capability.

Search Using the Index

To use the Index simply click on the Index button or select Index from the Topic menu. To use the Index simply type in the word that you wish to search on in the top open box. If this word appears in the Index it will be highlighted in the lower box. To move to the relevant chapter just doubled click on the highlighted word in the lower box. In many cases there is more than one chapter in the Institutes that may be indexed to your search word. In this case another smaller box will be displayed showing in which chapters of the institutes have been indexed to this word.

Please note that there may be several entries under the highlighted word that expand upon it. For instance, if Christ is typed into the top box, Christ will be highlighted in the lower box, however, there are several other topics beginning with Christ listed below the one highlighted. One of these may better fit your search criteria.

An alternate way is to carry out a full text search the General Index Group (see below).

Using the Full Text Search

To search Calvin's Institutes for exact words or phrases click on the Search button or select Search from the Edit menu and the search dialog box appears.

To search for a single word type it in the search window and click on the OK button. If you desire to search only a section of the Institues rather than the entire work then click on the radio button next to the word Groups in the lower portion of the search dialog box. The portion/book you desire to search can be selected by clicking on it to highlight it.

Once your search has been run a Search Results dialog box will be displayed listing the chapters of the Institutes in which your desired word/phrase is found. To go to that place simply click on the chapter reference you would like to look at and click the Go To button. This will then display the relevant chapter with the searched word highlighted. There may be more than one occurrence of your search word in each chapter. To find the next ocurrence select Next Highlight from the Highlights menu. This can be repeated for each ocurrence within the chapter.

Operators can also use used in order to enhance your searching. Operators used must be type in UPPER CASE as shown below.

How do I obtain a copy?

Firstly, this version of Calvin's Institutes is at 32 Bit version. This means that it will only run on Windows 95/98, NT (I have not tried it under Windows 2000/ME/XP but it should work). It will not run under Windows 3.1.
Secondly, Calvin's Institutes is LARGE. The total download is approximately 5.8MB and will require approximately 25MB of hard disk space to install. I have broken up the download into several parts for (hopefully) easier down loading.

Download all of the parts of Calvin's Institutes below. You will have to click the right mouse button and select "Save Link As" or "Save Target As" to download the files.

There are two methods you can use for installation; from your hard disk or from floppy disks.

1. Installation from your Hard disk

STEP 1: The file is a compressed file (it contains a group of files). The file needs to be extracted using an "unzip" program. A free one available on the internet is The Aladdin Expander which is available from Aladdin Systems. Using the "unzip" program extract the files from all the downloaded files into the same directory/folder, preferably different to the download folder.
STEP 2: Using the Windows Explorer, locate the directory/folder into which the files have been extracted with. Run the setup.exe program by "double clicking" on it. Follow the instructions and the installation should go smoothly.

2. Installation from Floppy disks

You will require eight (8) formatted floppy disks (1.44MB) in order to perform the floppy disk installation

STEP 1: Using a program like The Aladdin Expander extract the contents of the file onto the first of seven floppy disks. Label it Calvin's Institutes Disk 1.
STEP 2: Extract the contents of the file to the second floppy disk; labeling it Calvin's Institutes Disk 2. Extract the contents of the file to the third floppy disk; labeling it Calvin's Institutes Disk 3. Continue in this sequence until all the files are etracted onto labeled floppy disks.
STEP 3: Insert Calvin's Institutes Disk 1 into your floppy disk drive. Locate the floppy drive with the Windows Explorer. Run the setup.exe program by "double clicking" on it. Follow the instructions and the installation should go smoothly.
STEP 4: Pass the disks onto a friend!

Please Note: You will have to click the right mouse button and select "Save Link As" or "Save Target As" to download the files.

The text of Calvin's Institutes is in the public domain. However, the form in which its is found in the file ci.m14, is copyrighted. This Calvin's Institutes program is distributed as FREEWARE. This means that you are free to copy it, distribute it and give it to others etc., as much as you like without legal restriction, as long as the product is distributed "as is", that is, that it is not modified or changed in any way.

Calvin's Institutes comes with no warranty what so ever. You use it at your own risk.

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