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John Calvin Although John Calvin never took one step in America he had a huge influence on the way we live Mainly John Calvin was known as a French reformer and theologian He was born in an upper middle-class family in France 1509-1564 John Calvin grew up during the time that Protestantism was being established Educated at the University of Paris he was trained in law and humanities He fell in with a circle of French humanists who read with great interest the writings of Luther1532 Calvin an experienced what some call sudden conversion Converted to Christianity in his early twenties Calvin began to devote more of his time to theological matters On Novemember 1 1533 Calvin wrote a speech attacking the established church and calling for reforms but rather starting reformation that he sought he started an anti-protestant sentiment which caused him to leave for his safety in cities such as Basel Switzerland Calvin and his friend named Farel kept working on the protestant cause in Geneva Later the people of Geneva thought of Calvins reformation as imposing a new form of papacy Roman Catholic system of church government on the people only with different names and different people So with that in thought Genevans threw him out along with his reformers So Calvin moved to Strasbourg Soon after Calvin began writing commentaries on the Bible to explain both the literary technique and the difficult passages in literary and historical works but most of all he used his commentaries to argue for his owned theology The comments werent really explaining passages of the Bible but a construction of his theological social and political philosophy He was dedicated to reform the church and he got his chance to build a reformed church when the citizens of Geneva revolted against their rulers 1540 came and Geneva had a new line of city officials Calvin was invited back He began right away again on his reformation
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