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Calvin, John (orig. Jean Chauvin)

Born: 1509 AD
Died: 1564 AD, at 54 years of age.

Nationality: French
Categories: Theologian


1509 - Born on the 10th day of July in Noyon, Picardie, France. He was a French Protestant theologian.


1523 - He was sent by his father, an attorney to the University of Paris to study humanities and law.


1532 - Finished the Doctor of Law degree at Orleans.


1534 - His first theological work, the Psychopannychia, attempted to refute the doctrine of soul sleep as promulgated by Christians whom he called "Anabaptists." He finished it this year, but on the advice of friends, did not publish it.


1536 - He settled in Geneva, Switzerland.


1538-1541 - After being expelled from the city, he served as a pastor in Strasbourg.


1539 - Married Idelette de Bure, a widow, who had a son and daughter from her previous marriage to an Anabaptist in Strasbourg.


1540 - He was invited back to the city in this year, and having negotiated concessions such as the formation of the Consistory.


1541 - Upon his return, armed with the authority to construct the institutional form of the church, Calvin began his program of reform.


1542 - Published his theological book "Psychopannychia."


1559 - He founded the Academy of Geneva, which was a model for other academies around the world and which would eventually become the University of Geneva. He also founded a hospital for the indigent.


1564 - He died in Geneva on the 27th of May, at the age of 55 and was buried in the Cimetière des Rois.






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