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Calvin's life in numbers


1509
Born on July 10th in Noyon (Picardy)

1523-1531
Studied law in Paris, Orléans and Bourges

1531
Death of father; Start of humanistic studies in Paris

1533
Study of Reformation ideas; Drafting of the Reformer's speech by his friend Nikolaus Cop

1533/1534
Escape to his friend Louis du Tillet in Angoulême; there study of theological literature; final conversion to the doctrine of the Reformation

1534
Leaflets against the Roman mass appear in France; King Francis I gives the signal to persecute the Protestants; Calvin flees to Basel

1536
Publication of the first edition of his main work "Christianae Religionis Institutio" (instruction in the Christian religion); In the foreword to King Francis I, Calvin justifies the concern of the French Protestants

1536
The Geneva reformer Guillaume Farel can win Calvin over to support the Reformation in Geneva; in Geneva, Calvin lectures and organizes the reforms

1537
Calvin writes a catechism and a creed that all Geneva citizens should swear by to show that they have renounced the ancient faith; against this resistance arises

1538
Under pressure from Bern, the Geneva Council decides to align the church rules with the Bern proposal. Calvin and Farel insist on the independence of the church from the city council; they refuse to distribute the Lord's Supper according to the Bernese rite and are expelled by a council decision

1538
Calvin goes to Strasbourg, he becomes pastor of the French refugee community and gives biblical lectures at the high school

1539
Calvin publishes the second edition of his institute and the commentary on Romans

1540

Marriage to Idelette de Bure

1540/1541
Participation in the religious talks in Hagenau, Worms and Regensburg; Calvin got to know German Protestantism and its leading representatives

1541
The Geneva Council asks Calvin to return to Geneva as pastor. Calvin followed the request after a long hesitation

1541
The Geneva Council adopts the church ordinance (Ordonnances ecclésiastiques) drafted by Calvin; henceforth there are four biblically founded church offices: pastors, teachers, elders and deacons; a consistory is set up with the task of maintaining ecclesiastical order; the consistory has three options for disciplinary action: admonition, excommunication, criminal complaint with the Geneva city council. The consistory may not intervene in the secular sphere of power and jurisdiction

1547
In the Geneva Council the conflict arises again over the independence of the church from the secular state. Calvin was able to get his point across, but the conflicts lasted until 1555

1549
Death of his wife Idelette de Bure

1549
Zurich agreement on the Lord's Supper with Zwingli's successor Heinrich Bullinger (Consensus Tigurinus)

1552-56
Last Supper dispute with the Hamburg Lutheran Joachim Westphal

1553
Michael Servet, already sentenced to death in Vienne, is recognized in Geneva; Calvin applies for his arrest and provides the prosecution with the necessary evidence; Servet is burned at the stake; His attacks on the doctrine of the Trinity and the baptism of children are assessed by the city council as a threat to the continued existence of Christian society

1555
In Geneva there is a small revolution against the threatening superiority of the Protestant French in Geneva; an attempt is made to wrest the baton from the mayor, so the uprising is classified as treason by the council; four participants are therefore sentenced to death and executed. Calvin's opponents finally lose their majority in the council

1559
Calvin founds the Geneva Academy and completes the final version of his institute. On his 50th birthday, he was granted citizenship in Geneva

1564
After a long illness, Calvin dies on May 27th