5 Thoughts on Society by John Calvin

This is the 2nd 5-part list highlighting an aspect of the life and works of John Calvin.  July 10th was Calvin’s 500th birthday.  The previous list was:

5 Criticisms of Martin Luther by John Calvin

Calvin was known as a reformer of society as well as a reformer of the church.  Here are 5 thoughts of his on society:

  1. He thought marriage was good for society because it promoted respectability and controlled lascivious wanderings.
  2. He thought monogamy was better than polygamy since rivalry among wives would not produce conjugal harmony.
  3. He preferred small families over large because they were quieter.
  4. He thought a man disgraced if he wore filthy or torn clothing.
  5. He thought that private ownership of property was vital to social order.
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