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John Calvin
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: 27 May 1564


  • John Calvin was an influential French theologian and pastor during the Protestant Reformation
When did John Calvin die? / Died27 May 1564

John Calvin facts

  • He was a principal figure in the development of the system of Christian theology later called Calvinism, aspects of which include the doctrines of predestination and of the absolute sovereignty of God in salvation of the human soul from death and eternal damnation, in which doctrines Calvin was influenced by and elaborated upon the Augustinian and other early Christian traditions
  • Various Congregational, Reformed, and Presbyterian churches, which look to Calvin as the chief expositor of their beliefs, have spread throughout the world
  • Calvin was a tireless polemic and apologetic writer who generated much controversy
  • He also exchanged cordial and supportive letters with many reformers, including Philipp Melanchthon and Heinrich Bullinger
  • In addition to his seminal Institutes of the Christian Religion, Calvin wrote commentaries on most books of the Bible, confessional documents, and various other theological treatises
  • Originally trained as a humanist lawyer, he broke from the Roman Catholic Church around 1530
  • After religious tensions erupted in widespread deadly violence against Protestant Christians in France, Calvin fled to Basel, Switzerland, where in 1536 he published the first edition of the Institutes
  • In that same year, Calvin was recruited by Frenchman William Farel to help reform the church in Geneva, where he regularly preached sermons throughout the week; but the governing council of the city resisted the implementation of Calvin's and Farel's ideas, and both men were expelled
  • At the invitation of Martin Bucer, Calvin proceeded to Strasbourg, where he became the minister of a church of French refugees
  • He continued to support the reform movement in Geneva, and in 1541 he was invited back to lead the church of the city
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