Bernard Cottret's Calvin: A Biography

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The main obejective of this book Calvin: A Biography by Bernard Cottret looks at the famous reformer John Calvin’s life from a very humanistic and historian kind of view. Calvin was consider one of the most influential theologian of all time. He also differed with Martina Luther who started the reformation, in some theological areas. When people come to think of Calvin, people tend to think he is a Dictator or a Fundamentalist. People this century have given Calvin a reputation that he is a totalitarian (page XII). In this book the author takes us on a journey on how Calvin came to be. John Calvin was born on July 10, 1509. He was born in Noyon, France. Noyon is an acccient and famous town of Picardy. John Calvin was the son of Giard Cauvin,…show more content…
Luther was twenty-five when Calvin was born.(Page39) In this book the author compared Luther and Calvin in this way “Luther, a man of overflowing charm and of driving fluency, sometimes to the point of harshness; Calvin, all cerebration, untiringly polishing his Institutes with the are of a lawyer.”(page 39). Calvin was more regulated and composes than Luther. Calvin is really strict with himself. Even at Calvin’s youth he would not let himself to be drunk and enjoy the pleasures of the flesh and the belly like Luther. (Page39) Calvin wrote his first version of the institutes of the Christian religion in March 1536 in Basel. The institutes put an end to the period of Lutheranizing, mysticizing, and evangelical wanderings. (Page 112) The institutes appeared at a time where reformation was when the government increases its…show more content…
One is the Eucharist; the other one is predestination and its relationship to salvation. At the Eucharist, Calvin admitted a spiritual presence of Christi in the elements, but in no circumstances a local presence in the bread and wine of the Lord’s Supper, but a Lutheran would say that the wine and the bread is an existence of the blood of Christ and the body of Christ. (Page 248) Second is the predestination, Calvin believes that everyone is predestined, some are chosen to be saved some are chosen to be damned in hell, because give a man free will takes away the omnipotence of God. Where Luther believe that it is free will on receiving Christ welcomes the saving grace of God. (Page

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