Calvin

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Yale University Press, Jul 21, 2009 - 432 pages
19 Reviews

During the glory days of the French Renaissance, young John Calvin (1509-1564) experienced a profound conversion to the faith of the Reformation. For the rest of his days he lived out the implications of that transformation—as exile, inspired reformer, and ultimately the dominant figure of the Protestant Reformation. Calvin's vision of the Christian religion has inspired many volumes of analysis, but this engaging biography examines a remarkable life. Bruce Gordon presents Calvin as a human being, a man at once brilliant, arrogant, charismatic, unforgiving, generous, and shrewd.

The book explores with particular insight Calvin's self-conscious view of himself as prophet and apostle for his age and his struggle to tame a sense of his own superiority, perceived by others as arrogance. Gordon looks at Calvin's character, his maturing vision of God and humanity, his personal tragedies and failures, his extensive relationships with others, and the context within which he wrote and taught. What emerges is a man who devoted himself to the Church, inspiring and transforming the lives of others, especially those who suffered persecution for their religious beliefs.

  

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Great intro into this great reformer. - Goodreads
This was my first lengthy introduction to Calvin. - Goodreads
The font size was too big. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Jacob O'connor - Goodreads

This was a decent bio. It was fair without being too hard or too easy on John Calvin. You get plenty of (maybe too many) details, and the book moves along fine for a beefy 400 pages. Read full review

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User Review  - Jeremy - Goodreads

Fairly or unfairly, Gordon emphasizes Calvin's mean-spirited nature. I'd like to read the biography by Selderhuis to see if he offers a more balanced view. The class for which I read this book was (will be) taught by David Whitford, whom Bruce Gordon references a couple times. Read full review

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