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John Calvin
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     challenging words:    catechism, predestination, spoilsport, influential, conversion, scholarly, sermon, preach, organizer, controversial, philosopher, leadership, namesake, reformer, widely, administrator
     content words:    John Calvin, Protestant Reformation, Catholic Church, Christian Religion, Reformed Church


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John Calvin
By Sharon Fabian
  

1     John Calvin was a philosopher and reformer who didn't just preach his ideas - he lived them. He expected his many followers to live by his principles too.
 
2     Like other leaders of the Protestant Reformation, John Calvin began his life as a Catholic. He was brought up in the Catholic Church, but as he grew up and began to gain a wider education, he became interested in the ideas of reformers.
 
3     In 1533, Calvin experienced what he called a "sudden conversion." He left the Catholic Church and became a Protestant. By 1536, he was already well on his way to becoming one of the leaders of the Protestant Reformation.
 
4     In 1536, Calvin published a six-chapter catechism, or book of religious beliefs. This book, called the Institute of the Christian Religion, went on to become one of the most influential books about religion ever published. Calvin revised it many times, adding more and more details. The final edition contained 80 chapters. It explained many of his beliefs, including his belief in predestination. Predestination is the idea that, since God already knows everything that will happen in the future, he has already decided who will be among the people chosen to get into heaven. It is one of the most controversial topics among his beliefs.
 
5     Also in 1536, Calvin moved to Geneva, Switzerland, to start a Reformed Church there. He set up the leadership of the church and set strict rules for everyone to follow. The people of Geneva didn't want someone laying down strict rules for them to follow. Some people said that he was trying to be just like the Pope. In 1538, they chased Calvin out of Geneva.

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