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LIBERTY UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF DIVINITY Research Paper Proposal of John Calvin Submitted to Dr. Gregory Tomlin in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the completion of Master of Divinity CHHI 525 – D03 History of Christianity I by Matt Bagwell November 14, 2018
Introduction John Calvin has been often regarded as a reformer that brought forward and helped to refine the newly formed Reformation in a tangible way theologically. But who was John Calvin? He was a man that Martin Luther once referred to as, “a learned and godly man, and I might well have entrusted this controversy to him from the beginning. If my opponents had done the same we should soon have been reconciled.” 1 Indeed this is high praise from the initiator of the Reformation. Additionally, after Martin Luther Philipp Melanchthon was one of the primary founders of the Lutheran movement. 2 Melanchthon, who was according to Woodbridge a great theologian, once described Calvin as “ ille theologus ,” which means “the theologian.” 3 As simplistic as this may seem this is high praise coming from a master theologian. 4 John Calvin was also a father of two children and a husband that devoted more time to the ministry than to the family. Finally, Calvin was known for a work ethic to the ministry that was almost unheard of. Ultimately, this excessive work ethic killed Calvin as the man suffered from several medical issues including kidney stones, tuberculosis, and headaches just to name a few.

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