John Calvin

John Calvin
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  • Wow! Luther's ideas are interesting!
  • University of Orléans
  • These people are fools! They are giving us money and we are doing whatever we want!
  • This translation will surely make others believe Luther and I. 
  • Born on the 10th of July 1509 in Noyon, France, John Calvin was a very important figure in the second generation of the Protestant Reformation. In 1528, Calvin went to the University of Orléans to study theology, the study of God. While studying here, he discovered the ideas of Martin Luther and secretly began researching more about them. The more he read, the more interested he became in joining Martin Luther.
  • This book will make others realise that the Church should be organised differently. 
  • John Calvin saw many things the Church was doing wrong that Luther was talking about. The leadership of the Roman Catholic Church exercising 'a most  cruel tyranny' instead of teaching and pursuing holiness. They claimed power and authority that God had not given them. Calvin also witnessed the sacred symbols of the Supper being abused in a sinful way. He decided to do something about it.
  • How could this happen? John has changed our religious lives!
  • In around 1528, he experienced a 'sudden conversion' to Protestantism. His reform work commenced after his schism with the Church in around 1530. His translation of the Latin Bible into the English Geneva Bible allowed more followers of Christianity to interpret it. The printing press was important in the spreading of his ideas. As the Bible spread, more people started to question the Church and follow John Calvin.
  • I have completed what I wanted. The Church is now the way is should be and people are following my ways!
  • In 1536, John Calvin published the first edition of 'The Institutes of the Christian Religion'. This book was a clear explanation of his religious beliefs and how the Church should be organised. It articulated his Protestant views and was the most imporatant statement of Protestant belief. The printing press assisted in the spreading of this book as well as his belief and knowledge.
  • In May of 1536, Geneva adopted religious reform. The monasteries were dissolved, mass was abolished and papal authority was renounced. The majority of Geneva converted to Calvinism or Protestantism, meaning the Roman Catholic Church lost more followers. Geneva became the centre of John Calvin's work and the most influential city in the Protestant Reformation.
  • As a result of John Calvin's movements in the Protestant Reformation, more Christian religions were created. Calvinism and Protestantism were the most influential religions. One of the greatest achievements of the Reformation was the restoration of preaching to its proper place in the life of God's people. John Calvin's continuation of the Reformation initiated by Martin Luther was beneficial to our religious ways today.
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