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John Calvin as Sixteenth-Century Prophet
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John Calvin as Sixteenth-Century Prophet

Jon Balserak

Abstract

This book examines John Calvin’s sense of vocation. It argues that Calvin believed himself to be a prophet “placed over nations and kingdoms to tear down and destroy, to build and to plant” (Jer. 1: 10). With this authority, he pursued an expansionist agenda which blended the religious, political, and social towards making France, upon which he turned his attentions especially after 1555, Protestant. Beginning with an analysis of the two trajectories of thought existing within Christian discourse on prophecy from the patristic to the Early Modern era, this monograph goes on to find Calvin with ... More

Keywords: Calvin, French history, Early Modern history, prophecy, Reformation history, medieval history, history of political violence

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780198703259
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198703259.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jon Balserak, author
Associate Professor, University of Bristol