Category Archives: Calvin

On Those Who Spread the Plague in Geneva – Intentionally

During the ravages of the pestilence in 1545 more than twenty men and women were burnt alive for witchcraft, and a wicked conspiracy to spread the horrible disease. Calvin himself states this fact in a letter to Myconius of Basel, … Continue reading

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Quote of the Day

Troops of unclean spirits break forth in all directions, who, in order that they may escape from healthy discipline, which they can in no way submit to, seek every sort of pretext for slipping away from the authority of the … Continue reading

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Bullinger Responds to Calvin’s Book Defending the Execution of Heretics

Bullinger intimated his objections [to Calvin’s book Defensio orthodoxae fidei de sacra Trinitate, contra prodigiosos errores Michaelis Serveti Hispani: ubi ostenditur haereticos jure gladii coërcendos esse, et nominatim de homine hoc tam impio juste et merito sumptum Genevae fuisse supplicium. Per … Continue reading

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Melanchthon and Calvin on Confession and Communion: Early Modern Protestant Penitential and Eucharistic Piety

Melanchthon and Calvin were late medieval people, stemming from a world of order and unity, and at the same time they fully lived in the early modern world, in which everything was changing. In this new world they committedly, enthusiastically, … Continue reading

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Calvin the Romantic

In the midst of all these important movements, I enjoy such tranquillity that I am venturing to think of marriage. Some one proposed to me a young lady of noble family, rich, and above my rank. Two reasons kept me … Continue reading

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Fun Facts From Church History: Calvin’s Opinion of Henry VIII

In a letter to Farel, Calvin remarks “The King is only half wise. He prohibits, under severe penalties, besides depriving them of the ministry, the priests and bishops who enter upon matrimony; he retains the daily masses; he wishes the … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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