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The Life of John Calvin

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Few Christian Leaders have suffered quite so much mis-understanding as John Calvin. He has often been dismissed as a theologian without humanity. In fact the very reverse is much nearer the truth. He was a man of deep and lasting affection, passionately concerned for the cause of Christ in the world; a man who burned himself out for the gospel; a man whose heart belonged to Christ.

In this book the reader will find a straightforward introduction to the life and work of the great Reformer of Geneva. W J. Grier’s fast-moving biography not only depicts the titanic struggle by which the gospel was established in Geneva, but also provides valuable insights into the work of God that we know as ‘the Reformation’. In Calvin’s own words, ‘God’s loving-kindness to us was wonderful, when the pure gospel emerged out of that dreadful darkness in which it had been buried for so many years.’

For Calvin, the Reformation was primarily a movement of the Holy Spirit that turned attention from man-centred religion to God. It is the prayer of the publishers that the retelling of this ‘wonderful’ story will help in the recovery of God-centred Christianity and the raising up of more ‘burning and shining lights’ today.

Table of Contents:

1 The Early Years 1
2 Wanderings and Flight 13
3 A Protestant Manifesto 21
4 Arrival in Geneva 29
5 First Ministry in Geneva 35
6 Calvin’s Ministry in Strasbourg 43
7 Revolution at Geneva 51
8 Geneva in Calvin’s Time 59
9 Poor or Rich? 65
10 Calvin’s Toils 69
11 Calvin’s Frailties and Charm 75
12 Building the Walls of Zion 81
13 Calvin versus the Libertines 89
14 The Brink of Hostilities 97
15 The Errors of Servetus 103
16 The Burning of Servetus 109
17 Efforts for Union of Protestants 115
18 A City of Learning, Liberty, and Morality 121
19 Preserved amidst Perils 127
20 The Remarkable Growth of Protestantism in France 133
21 The Closing Year 141
22 Calvin as a Thinker 151
23 Preacher and Expositor 157




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