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1LIBERTY UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF DIVINITYResearch Paper: The Study of John CalvinSubmitted to Dr. Timothy McAlhaney, in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the completion ofCHHI 525– B04History of Christianity IIbyEvola DawsonJuly 7, 2017
2Theses Statement The success of John Calvin’s pastoral and theological teaching is one of the most debateddiscussions through history. This purpose of this paper is to show how John Calvin was a man of all times.IntroductionJust as John Calvin believed in predestination, his life mirrored his belief that God choseswhom He will from the foundation of the world. Calvin is best known for his great influence inthe religious community, however, he was not always a preacher. Calvin was being groomed andeducated from an early age for an ecclesiastical career. However, after a bitter disagreement withthe Catholic Church and the suggestion of his father…Calvin was persuaded to change his careerto study law. Using Calvin’s logic, no matter how far a person may stray, if they werepredestined by God, they will return back into His fold.The Need for the Study“Although often depicted as a stern theologian…strong views about eternal damnation,Calvin was interested in a wide range of issues far beyond the walls of the church, and his ideasreshaped the economic, political and educational life of the Western world. His perspective canbenefit us today, in this time of political change and economic crisis.”1BodyJohn Calvin was born July 10, 1509, in Noyon, France, to Gerard Cauvin and JeanneLefranc Cauvin. .“Gerard Cauvin (Calvin is the Latinized form), had settled in 1481 in thatepiscopal town, where he became a solicitor and fiscal agent for the diocese, a secretary to the1Olin, J.C “John Calvin.” New Catholic Encyclopedia, Gale, 2003. Biography in Context, Link.galegroup.com/apps/doc/K340701932/BIC1?u=berkeleycl&xid=Ofdeacca. Accessed 26, June 2017.
3bishop and a procurator of the cathedral chapter. His father’s close relations with the bishop andthe cathedral chapter opened the way toward ecclesiastical careers for Calvin and his brothers.”2He says, “My father intended me as a young boy for theology.”3 Religion was an integral part ofCalvin’s home environment and early education. Added to this mix was his father’s desire to seehis son enter the priesthood. Calvin excelled so well in his studies while attending the College de Montaigu, “wherethe atmosphere was more ecclesiastical and where he had for instructor a Spaniard…to whomCalvin was indebted for some sound training in dialectics and the scholastic philosophy. Calvinspeedily outstripped all his competitors in grammatical studies, and by his skill and acumen as astudent of philosophy, and debate. Although not yet ordained, Calvin preached several sermonsto the people.”4 In 1528, Calvin was ordered by his father to change his…study from theology to law.

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