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A. Calvinism and Calvin

Calvinism is the name given to that form of Protestantism which had its origin, either directly or indirectly, in the reforming activity of John Calvin (1509–1564). The name itself was introduced by the Lutherans against Calvin’s wish. Calvinism took root in the French and Swiss humanism of the early 16th century and, accordingly, it cannot be considered merely as a variant of Lutheranis…

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Johannes Wîtte, “Calvinism”, in: Sacramentum Mundi Online, General Editor Karl Rahner, SJ. Consulted online on 22 February 2024 <>
First published online: 2016

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