Of Unbelief in General
In due sequence we must consider the contrary vices: first, unbelief, which is contrary to faith; secondly, blasphemy, which is opposed to confession of faith; thirdly, ignorance and dulness of mind, which are contrary to knowledge and understanding.As to the first, we must consider
- unbelief in general;
- apostasy from the faith.
Under the first head there are twelve points of inquiry:
- Whether unbelief is a sin?
- What is its subject?
- Whether it is the greatest of sins?
- Whether every action of unbelievers is a sin?
- Of the species of unbelief;
- Of their comparison, one with another;
- Whether we ought to dispute about faith with unbelievers?
- Whether they ought to be compelled to the faith?
- Whether we ought to have communications with them?
- Whether unbelievers can have authority over Christians?
- Whether the rites of unbelievers should be tolerated?
- Whether the children of unbelievers are to be baptized against their parents' will?