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John Calvin, 1509-1564

John Calvin, 1509-1564

Ah, July 10. It happens every year, like clockwork. Many July 10ths are unremarkable. Some are worth noting: July 10, 1999, when Aaron S. “Bunny” Lapin, the inventor of Reddi-wip, left us without a partner to spray the powerful confection into our mouth; July 10, 2009, which is Hulk Hogan Appreciation Day at Toyota Park in Chicago (if you start driving now you still might make it!); or July 10, 1954, the birthday of Neil Tennant, one half of Pet Shop Boys, the most excellent synthpop duo of all time.

But a quincentennial — well, that only happens twice a millennium. And today it happens for John Calvin, the Reformer, who was born July 10, 1509. At this very moment, Calvinists and Calvinistas around the world are dispersing after joining together to celebrate his quincentenary on the Calvin500 Tour. If you were unable to attend this magical event, read all about it on their blog.

There are nine full (including five from Lives & Perspectives Collection) and two brief biographies on Calvin — né Jean Cauvin — in Biography Resource Center.

Calvin was born Jean Cauvin in Noyon, France, on July 10, 1509. His father Gérard Cauvin was an ambitious lawyer; his mother Jeanne Lefranc was the daughter of a fairly well-to-do innkeeper. At an early age, Calvin was sent by his father to the University of Paris with the intention that he would one day enter the priesthood. But in 1528, his father ordered him for practical reasons to switch his emphasis from theology to law. This Calvin obligingly obeyed, leaving Paris for the University of Orléans and, later, for Brouges. Although he had already developed a passion for theology, Calvin embraced the study of law.

And remember — Satan has his miracles, too.

Source: “John Calvin.” Historic World Leaders. Gale Research, 1994.

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Posted on: July 10, 2009, 4:19 pm Category: Factoids Tagged with: , , ,

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