The college and seminary began with seven students, in a rented upper room on Spring Street, in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The initial six-year curriculum included four years of literary studies and two years of theology.
His mother, Jeanne le Franc, was the daughter of an innkeeper from Cambrai. She died of an unknown cause in Calvin's childhood, after having borne four more children.
The surname Calvin or Cauvin is in origin a diminutive of French chauve Picard calve, from Latin calvus meaning "bald".
By age 12, he was employed by the bishop as a clerk and received the tonsurecutting his hair to symbolise his dedication to the Church. He also won the patronage of an influential family, the Montmors. He was intrigued by Andreas Alciatia humanist lawyer. Humanism was a European intellectual movement which stressed classical studies.
Some have placed the date of his conversion aroundshortly before he resigned his chaplaincy. In this view, his resignation is the direct evidence for his conversion to the evangelical faith.
Parker argues that while this date is a terminus for his conversion, the more likely date is in late or early In the first, found in his Commentary on the Book of Psalms, Calvin portrayed his conversion as a sudden change of mind, brought about by God: God by a sudden conversion subdued and brought my mind to a teachable frame, which was more hardened in such matters than might have been expected from one at my early period of life.
Having thus received some taste and knowledge of true godliness, I was immediately inflamed with so intense a desire to make progress therein, that although I did not altogether leave off other studies, yet I pursued them with less ardour.
Being exceedingly alarmed at the misery into which I had fallen, and much more at that which threatened me in view of eternal death, I, duty bound, made it my first business to betake myself to your way, condemning my past life, not without groans and tears.
And now, O Lord, what remains to a wretch like me, but instead of defence, earnestly to supplicate you not to judge that fearful abandonment of your Word according to its deserts, from which in your wondrous goodness you have at last delivered me.
One of the reformers, Nicolas Copwas rector of the university. On 1 November he devoted his inaugural address to the need for reform and renewal in the Roman Catholic Church. The address provoked a strong reaction from the faculty, who denounced it as heretical, forcing Cop to flee to Basel.
Calvin, a close friend of Cop, was implicated in the offence, and for the next year he was forced into hiding. He was finally forced to flee France during the Affair of the Placards in mid-October In that incident, unknown reformers had posted placards in various cities criticizing the Roman Catholic massto which adherents of the Roman Catholic church responded with violence against the would-be Reformers and their sympathizers.
In JanuaryCalvin joined Cop in Basel, a city under the enduring influence of the late reformer Johannes Oecolampadius. He also intended it to serve as an elementary instruction book for anyone interested in the Christian faith. The book was the first expression of his theology. Calvin updated the work and published new editions throughout his life.
By June he was back in Paris with his brother Antoine, who was resolving their father's affairs.
Following the Edict of Coucywhich gave a limited six-month period for heretics to reconcile with the Catholic faith, Calvin decided that there was no future for him in France. In August he set off for Strasbourga free imperial city of the Holy Roman Empire and a refuge for reformers. Due to military manoeuvres of imperial and French forceshe was forced to make a detour to the south, bringing him to Geneva.
Calvin had intended to stay only a single night, but William Farela fellow French reformer residing in the city, implored him to stay and assist him in his work of reforming the church there, insisting that it was his pious duty.
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