The first book of Calvin's magnum opus is arguably the finest piece of theological writing in church history; even an honest Arminian would have to agree. It excels in eloquence, ingenuity, and influence.
Here, Calvin discusses the knowledge of God, how it relates to human nature, the role of the Holy Spirit in the creation of faith, how Christians should approach theology, and how sin affects the human intellect.
Even within the outline, readers should be able to discern the influence of St. Paul's Epistle to the Romans and renaissance humanism upon this luminary of Reformed theology. This outline demonstrates that Calvin places little trust in evidential arguments for belief in God and His revelation.