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19 June, 2009 / theexpositor

Even at 500, Calvin isn’t slowing down

Here is an insightful article by Daniel Burke, Religion News Service on the 500th birthday of John Calvin and the growing influence fo his teachings.

So, while Martin Luther fired up the masses, Calvin, essentially, gave them new rules. Maag said the people of Geneva were not exactly appreciative: they named their dogs after Calvin and sang rude songs outside his window. As a Protestant leader in a Catholic territory, Calvin lived under the constant threat of siege, Maag said.

American neo-Calvinists say they are similarly besieged by the forces of secularism. And while the ministers and churches of their youth kept them entertained, they didn’t offer the kind of intellectual firepower many find in Calvinism.

Read the entire article….