John Calvin

by: Isaac, Justin, Shae-Lynn, and Crystal

Personal History

  • Calvin's early education was at a local school, and perhaps also in the company of the youth of the local high noble family that controlled the office of prince-bishop and several other ecclesiastical positions.

Where he's from

  • He was born in Noyon, Picardy, a town under the rule of the prince-bishop but one that also retained a medieval communal tradition.

Interesting facts

  • Son of a lawyer.
  • Developed a love for scholarships and literature.

Why is he famous

  • Best known for his doctrine of preplestination and his theocratic view of the state.
  • John Calvin is the author of the most famous theological book ever published, called Calvin's Institutes of the Christian Religion.

Impact on Reformation

  • He became an important spiritual and political leader.
  • Calvin used Protestant principles to establish a religious government; and in 1555, he was given absolute supremacy as leader in Geneva.