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 transformationas exile, inspired reformer, and ultimately the dominant figure of the Protestant Reformation Calvins 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 Calvins 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 Calvins 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....
|Publisher||:||Yale University Press Reprint edition May 31, 2011|
|Number of Pages||:||416 pages|
|File Size||:||780 KB|
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It is here at last. For years now I have been waiting for a great biography of Calvin--the kind of biography which I would recommend without hesitation for those who would want to learn about the life of the great Reformer. In a year that has seen the arrival of at least half a dozen biographies of Calvin, this one, I believe, stands as the best. Written by Bruce Gordon, professor of Reformation History at Yale University, it is titled simply and properly, Calvin.
I don’t understand how there are reviews with three stars or less. This is an excellent book. It’s a biography so the theology is a little late. It reminds me a lot of Roland Bainton’s here I stand. Just like that book of Luther it gives a great background on the situation, his youth, and the environment. I enjoyed that there were a couple chapters given just to the cities around. Geneva is it’s own character in the story. If more biographies were like this I might read them I enjoyed that there were a couple chapters given just to the cities around. Geneva is it’s own character in the story. If more biographies were like this I might read them more more