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Calvin, John (1509–1564)

  1. Scott Culpepper

Published Online: 25 NOV 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9780470670606.wbecc0217

The Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization

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Culpepper, S. 2011. Calvin, John (1509–1564). The Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization. .

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 25 NOV 2011


John Calvin was a 16th century Protestant theologian who led the reformation movement in Geneva, Switzerland and became the most articulate early proponent of Reformed Protestant theology. Calvin was born at Noyon in Picardy, France on July 10, 1509. Calvin's father was an attorney who was adept at both civil and canon law. Calvin was granted a benefice at an early age due to his father's influence. He would later repudiate this inheritance as his convictions became increasingly sympathetic to Protestantism. He matriculated at the University of Paris in 1523. Calvin then studied law at Orleans from 1528 to 1532.


  • Calvin;
  • John (1509–1564);
  • reformation movement;
  • protestant theologian;
  • calvin's conversion to protestant convictions;
  • uncertain;
  • french protestant movement;
  • calvin's institutes of the christian religion;
  • calvin's return to geneva;
  • acknowledged as God's will;
  • calvin's “ecclesiastical ordinances”;
  • the genevan consistory;
  • prosecuting moral infractions