Calvinism and the French Wars of Religion
Concerns with religious use in terms of politics.
John Calvin, presebyterian, Anabaptists, look at possible scenarios of France
John Calvin(French) and Religious Politics in Geneva
-there is increasing religious diversity, hardening of catholic response to protestant
-there is no sense of loyal opposition.
1. John calvin-born in france, associated with Switzerland, and city of geneva.
He worked out a way to unite religion and politics together(by forming a theocracy in
the city of geneva), through a protestant framework
. His back and his place in history
sets him apart from henry Viii
generation reformer, follows in Luthers footsteps, knew about 95 theses, comes from a
-comes from a upwardly mobile family, that thought education is important.
-cal expresses interest in theology, but father didn’t want him to do so because of the
religious instability in Europe. So he studies law instead until
1531, dad dies, so he goes
back to humanism, studies greek, bible, Hebrew, and goes back to theology.
-He goes back to being committed in the footsteps of luther
-he disagrees with some of Lutherans theology.
-1533-he and his friend nich cop, write the
Convocation of student leadership? That
urges students to follow Protestantism instead of roman Catholicism.
After the address, kids got drunk and put graffiti on walls, they left a protestant message, and
the principal of the school blames calvin and his friend.
1534- calv needs to flee france to basal, here he begins to articulate his position on
protestanism, continues until 1536. He is in geneva
3.kking francis I of France-
4.The institutes of the Christian religion (1536)
he wants an organized and legalistic religion, he feels that doctrine and practice of
original protestanism and roman Catholicism must be made systematic.
-practice of good works lead to good faith,