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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 the Workaholic

Calvin the Workaholic

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(p.67) 3 Calvin the Workaholic
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Calvin and His Influence, 1509–2009
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Max Engammare

Calvin Tams

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199751846.003.0004

Calvin's notorious passion for work, which led to the traditional association between Calvinism and industriousness, is in many ways a reflection of the humanist topos that was widely used by Calvin's contemporaries. At the same time, however, there is no doubt that Calvin saw industriousness as a moral virtue and that his appetite for work was way above average.

Keywords:   humanism, industriousness, Calvinist work ethic, Calvin's personality

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