This Date in History – John Calvin’s 500th Birthday

John CalvinOn July 10th, 1509, John Calvin was born.  Calvin became the leader of the Protestant Reformation while preaching, teaching and writing in Geneva, Switzerland.

One would be hard pressed to find an individual with more influence on the history of Christianity and on western civilization than Calvin.  Still today much discussion exists on Calvin and the theology known as Calvinism.  I am grateful for his life and work.  I gladly call myself a Calvinist.

Calvin penned one of the most influential works of theology, Institutes of the Christian Religion.  Here is the opening sentence of the first chapter of the book,

Nearly all the wisdom we possess, that is to say, true and sound wisdom, consists of two parts: the knowledge of God and of ourselves.

I recommend the following books for your continued study:

Calvin: Institutes of the Christian Religion (2 Volume Set)

John Calvin–A Biography

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