Posted on in Saints Are Us by The Rev. David Marshall
John Calvin was born in 1509 and raised as a devout Roman Catholic. By the age of 19 he had earned a Masters Degree. His father wanted him to become a lawyer, but his love lay in theology, languages, and literary sciences. Around 1534, he underwent a major conversion and left the Roman Church.
He devoted the rest of his life to the Evangelical work of the Protestant Reformation. His work Institutes of Christian Religion, published in 1536, was repeatedly updated and republished. His work continues to be an accessible window into the Reformed theology of the sixteenth century.
Calvin was also interested in controlling the civil state by imposing moral principles on the people. He worked specifically in Geneva, Switzerland, and his attempt to impose a theocratic moral code on society met with limited success. He did manage to establish hospitals, orphanages, better sanitation, and create an industry for the employment of people. He provided a safe haven for John Knox and other reformers during a time of unrest and exile. He died in 1564. The Episcopal Church remembers him on May 28th. The Reformed Movement has brought many new ways of approaching the Gospel Life.
See you next time –
I am your bro. John, O.C.P.