Those who have a passing knowledge of John Calvin’s theology and reforms in Geneva in the sixteenth century may picture the confident and mature theologian and preacher without appreciating the various events, people, and circumstances that shaped the man. Before there was Protestantism’s first and eminent systematic theologian, there was the French youth, the law student and humanist, the Protestant convert and homeless exile, the reluctant reformer and anguished city leader. Snapshots of the young Calvin create a collage that give a bigger picture to the grey-bearded Protestant reformer. Eleven scholars of early-modern history have joined in this volume to depict the people, movements, politics, education, sympathizers, nemeses, and controversies from which Calvin immerged in his young adulthood.
Brian C. Brewer, Ph.D. (2003), Drew University, is Professor of Christian Theology at the George W. Truett Theological Seminary, Baylor University, where he teaches historical theology of the Reformation. He is the author of
Martin Luther and the Seven Sacraments: A Contemporary Protestant Reappraisal (Baker, 2017) and
A Pledge of Love: The Anabaptist Sacramental Theology of Balthasar Hubmaier (Paternoster, 2012).
David M. Whitford, Ph.D. (1999), Boston University, is Professor of Reformation Studies at Baylor University. A senior editor of
The Sixteenth Century Journal, he is the author of
A Reformation Life (Praeger, 2015) and
The Curse of Ham in the Early Modern Era (Ashgate, 2009), and editor of
Martin Luther in Context (Cambridge, 2018).
Acknowledgements Abbreviations Contributors
Calvin and the Early Reformation David M. Whitford
Calvin, Erasmus and Humanist Theology Greta Grace Kroeker
The Intellectual, Political, and Legal Milieu in France during the Life of John Calvin James K. Farge
Sixteenth-Century French Legal Education and Calvin’s Legal Education Christoph Strohm
The Meaux Group and John Calvin Jonathan A. Reid
The Sounds and Silence of the Early Reformation in Geneva in Jeanne de Jussie’s Short Chronicle Carrie F. Klaus
Calvin, Farel, Roussel, and the French “Nicodemites” Michael W. Bruening
‘Those Satanic Anabaptists’: Calvin, Soul Sleep and the Search for an Anabaptist Nemesis Brian C. Brewer
Confessions, Conscience, and Coercion in the Early Calvin John L. Thompson
John Calvin and the First Eucharistic Controversy Amy Nelson Burnett
Calvin on the Early Reformation Barbara Pitkin
Students and historians of Early Modern History and Reformation Studies; theologians with interest in early Protestant and Reformed theology. Keywords: Calvin, Paris, Francis I, Reformed history, Reformed theology, Humanism, Exile, Calvinism, France, Strasbourg, Geneva.