Fun Facts From Church History: Calvin’s Return to Geneva

On 14 March, 1542, Calvin wrote to Myconius

“I value the public peace and concord so highly, that I lay restraint upon myself; and this praise even the adversaries are compelled to award to me.  This feeling prevails to such an extent, that, from day to day, those who were once open enemies have become friends; others I conciliate by courtesy, and I feel that I have been in some measure successful, although not everywhere and on all occasions.

“On my arrival it was in my power to have disconcerted our enemies most triumphantly, entering with full sail among the whole of that tribe who had done the mischief. I have abstained; if I had liked, I could daily, not merely with impunity, but with the approval of very many, have used sharp reproof. I forbear; even with the most scrupulous care do I avoid everything of the kind, lest even by some slight word I should appear to persecute any individual, much less all of them at once. May the Lord confirm me in this disposition of mind.”

Things didn’t stay friendly.  Do they ever?

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