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John Calvin as Sixteenth-Century Prophet$
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Jon Balserak

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780198703259

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198703259.001.0001

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War and Calvin’s Purpose in his Training Lectures

War and Calvin’s Purpose in his Training Lectures

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(p.127) 5 War and Calvin’s Purpose in his Training Lectures
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John Calvin as Sixteenth-Century Prophet
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Jon Balserak

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198703259.003.0005

This chapter examines the training lectures which Calvin gave to his ministerial trainees prior to sending them into France. It demonstrates his characterization of war to these trainees, showing that he depicted war to them as a holy calling made legitimate by the idolatry of the tyrannical monarch. It examines Calvin’s prayers, showing that he prayed intensely about the war several years before it began. The chapter also argues that Calvin told these ministers that they were prophets, who were being sent into France to take spiritual authority over the country, displacing the Catholic priests who were there. It argues that his intention was not to encourage these ministers to take up arms themselves but to send them into France with the message that the king was so obdurate in his support of idolatry that God wished him to be removed.

Keywords:   Calvin, religious wars, idolatry, insurrection, prophets

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