John Calvin was born almost 500 years ago on 10 July 1509. Many Christians around the world will celebrate the occasion in various ways. But perhaps the best way to commemorate the birth of the Reformer is to remember the gospel he preached. According to J.H. Merle d’Aubigne, the great historian of the Reformation period, Calvin’s teaching centred on Christ- his Word, Person, Grace, and Life. Quoting the Reformer’s own words, d’Aubigne insists: ‘Let us give honour to persons who excel in the fear of God, but on condition that God remains above all- and that Christ triumphs.’
Also contains a brief sketch of Calvin’s life and work.
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Jean Henri Merle d’Aubigné (1794–1872), was the most popular church historian of the nineteenth century.