John Calvin

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    Jul 5, 1509
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    May 27, 1564

    Life of Calvin

  • Jul 10, 1509

    Birth of Calvin

    Birth of Calvin
    John Calvin was born on 10 July of 1509, in Noyon, Picardy region of France.
  • Feb 5, 1523

    Calvin goes to Paris to study

    Calvin goes to Paris to study
    At the age of 14, Calvin went to Paris to study. He studied seven subjects: Grammar, rhetoric, logic, arithmetic, geometry, astronomy, and music.
  • Nov 30, 1523

    Calvin changes College

    Calvin changes College
    In 1523 he changed to a more famous college, and also his name to it’s Latin form, which in French is Jean Calvin.
  • Mar 16, 1527

    Calvin is converted to the Reformed religion.

    Calvin is converted to the Reformed religion.
    Calvin was closely tied to the Catholic Church, even though teachings of Martin Luther and Jacques Lefevre d’Etaples were spreading in Paris. By 1527, he had been friend with reform-minded people, and his father told him to study the law rather than theology, wich helped him convert into a Reformed faith.
  • Mar 22, 1536

    Calvin publishes his book Institutes of the Christian Religion

    Calvin publishes his book Institutes of the Christian Religion
    John Calvin published the first edition of his book Institutes of the Christian Religion, which talked about:
    - It was indebted to Martin Luther.
    - It was addressed to King Francis I of France.
  • Oct 15, 1536

    War between King Francis I and Charles V and Calvin moves to Geneva

    War between King Francis I and Charles V and Calvin moves to Geneva
    John Calvin disengaged himself from the Catholic Church, and made plans to move to Strasbourg, but there was a war between King Francis I and Charles V, so calvin decided to move to Geneva. He worked there as a preacher and Lecturer.
  • Jun 24, 1538

    Calvin moves to Strasbourg

    Calvin moves to Strasbourg
    Calvin was asked to leave Geneva because of theological conflicts. So, he went to Strasbourg. His stay as a pastor to french refugees was happy and peaceful.
  • Aug 18, 1540

    Calvin marries

    Calvin marries
    Calvin got married to Idelette de Bure, a widow who had two children from her first marriage.
  • Jul 26, 1541

    Calvin gets back to Geneva

    Calvin gets back to Geneva
    In 1541, Calvin was requested by the Council of Geneva to get back to Geneva. He was emotionally torn and he wanted to stay, but he felt a responsibility to return.
  • May 17, 1542

    Calvin publishes another book, The Form of Prayer and Church Hymns

    Calvin publishes another book, The Form of Prayer and Church Hymns
    Calvin adapted a service book used in Strasbourg, publishing “The Form of Prayer and Church Hymns”. Calvin recognized the power of music, and in the original Strasbourg psalter had twelve psalms by Clement Marot, and added many hymns of his own in the Geneva version. In 1542, Marot became a refugee in Geneva and contributed 190 more psalms. In the same year, Calvin published Catechism of the Church of Geneva, wich was inspired by Bucer’s Kurze Schrifftliche Erklärung of 1534.
  • Sep 30, 1542

    Calvin start preaching less per week

    Calvin start preaching less per week
    Calvin preached over two thousand sermons. Initially, he preached twice on sunday and three times during the week, but as this was too hard, late in 1542 the Council allowed him to preach only once a sunday
  • Aug 23, 1549

    Calvin's sermons start to be recorded

    Calvin's sermons start to be recorded
    Calvin’s sermons started to be recorded so that they could be printed, Those sermons preserved in manuscript form are published in Supplementa Calviniana.
  • Oct 13, 1549

    Calvin is required to preach more times

    Calvin is required to preach more times
    Calvin was required to preach twice on sundays and every week day of alternative weeks. His sermons lasted more than one hour and he did not use notes.
  • Sep 14, 1559

    Another edition of Calvin's book was written.

  • May 27, 1564

    Death of Calvin

    Death of Calvin
    John Calvin died in 27 May of 1564, Geneva.