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Calvin and His Influence, 1509–2009$
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Irena Backus and Philip Benedict

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199751846

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199751846.001.0001

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Calvin's Church in Geneva

Calvin's Church in Geneva

Constructed or Gathered? Local or Foreign? French or Swiss?

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(p.102) 5 Calvin's Church in Geneva
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Calvin and His Influence, 1509–2009
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William Naphy

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199751846.003.0006

When Calvin returned to Geneva in 1541, he was entrusted not just with the Ecclesiastical Ordinances but also with leading the committee to write what would become Geneva’s first, post-Revolutionary constitution. Significantly, he would also be involved, near the end of his life, with the drafting of the city-state’s second constitution. The chapter shows that the Genevan Reformation was powered by a level of political and civic activism and involvement that explains not only many of the problems it faced but also why fishwives felt free to discuss the things of faith—albeit not always with a level of discernment pleasing to the Company of Pastors. On the international level this made Geneva an exhilarating and inspiring model to follow.

Keywords:   Geneva Reformation, civic values, democratizing of faith, Company of Pastors, ecclesiastical discipline, Calvin

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