- Oct 20, 2009
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I don't want to get too far off topic from the OP, but again I disagree entirely. Assuming you have pinned your argument entirely on Calvin, this should be easy. Like many other "protestant" movements, Calvin took advantage of the rift between Luther and the Catholic establishment. In taking advantage of this newly formed rift, Calvin espoused a number of eccentric and heretical values...among them elector-ism. Unconditional election - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia He was so popular that even the Swiss/French didn't like him??
Proclaiming that Calvin was responsible for bringing down the Catholic Church "world-wide" is unsubstantiated. In fact, Luther is solely responsible for questioning the Catholic Church directly at that time. Calvin and others were opportunists. With respect to the 1st Amendment, haha. These concepts were championed by the likes of Locke and other philosophes, NOT Calvin.
Okay - well - we see his role in history differently.