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Calvin, John
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(Jean Cauvin, Jul 10, 1509, Noyon – May 27, 1564, Geneva)

I. Life and Work – II. Theology – III. Impact

I. Life and Work

1. Development as a Reformer

a. Childhood and youth.

Calvin's biography until his first stay in Geneva is only partially known (autobiographical foreword to the Commentarius in librum Psalmorum, Geneva 1557). His father, Gérard Cauvin, was a notary in the service of the cathedral chapter of Noyon. In 1521, Calvin received the tonsure and the income from a benefice sine cura to provide for …

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Gerrish, B.A., “Calvin, John”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 12 November 2019 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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