Calvin, the Swiss Reformed Churches, and the European Reformation

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in Calvin and His Influence, 1509–2009

Published in print September 2011 | ISBN: 9780199751846
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199914562 | DOI:
Calvin, the Swiss Reformed Churches, and the European Reformation

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The chapter explores the question of Calvin's relationship to the Swiss Reformed churches, which has been largely ignored by historians with one or two exceptions. Yet there is no ignoring the fact that Calvin developed in the context of the Swiss Confederation before becoming a figure of international importance. The chapter then examines Calvin's delicate relationship with Bernese and Zurich theologians, taking predestination and the Eucharist as starting points. The final section is devoted to the European repercussions of Calvin's thought. The chapter concludes that the myth of the solitary leader as promulgated by many historical studies is not applicable to Calvin any more than it is to Luther.

Keywords: Swiss Reformation; Geneva Reformation; Calvin; Johannes Haller; Heinrich Bullinger; historical context; Consensus Tigurinus

Chapter.  14260 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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