Calvinism Is 500 Years Old
Brown, Stephen, Anglican Journal
Jean Calvin, known for his role in the Protestant Reformation from Geneva during the 16th century, has been praised as one of the history's most astute theologians at a ceremony to launch a year of events to mark the 500th anniversary of his birth.
"His work provided the Reformation movement with a first systematization of its thought, which strengthened the movement and helped the churches to organize themselves," said the Rev. Thomas Wipf, president of the Federation of Swiss Protestant Churches' council. He was speaking during a Nov. 2 ceremony in Geneva at the city's Reformation Wall, a monument to honour Calvin and other Protestant reformers.
Calvin democratized the ministry of the church, said Mr. Wipf, "breaking the monopoly of power of the bishop and the priest." He put God above all authority, and reinforced bridges between humanist thought and Christian convictions.
The year of events, called "calvin09," to mark Calvin's birth in 1509 is organized by the Swiss Protestant federation, the Protestant Church of Geneva, and the Geneva-based World Alliance of Reformed Churches.
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