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FROM POLITICAL CALVINISM TO THE REFORMATION OF THE REFUGEES

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Part of the Studies in Early Modern Religious Reforms book series (SERR, volume 4)

Abstract

With the notable exceptions of Scotland, the Netherlands, and Geneva itself, the Calvinist movement was, in contrast to state-sponsored Lutheranism, the Reformation of a persecuted minority. Heiko Oberman has labelled it the “Reformation of the Refugees,” explaining Calvin’s doctrine of predestination as a comforting message bringing the assurance of salvation to people forced to flee their homelands.1 Oberman dates this “third Reformation” (following, first, Luther’s Reformation and second, the city Reformation) from 1548-49, with the Lutheran defeat in the Schmalkaldic War and the influx of refugees in Geneva following the Augsburg Interim.2 I believe that his dating is correct, but for the wrong reasons.

Keywords

Sixteenth Century City Council Charles Versus Catholic Clergy Biblical Interpretation 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Concordia UniversityIrvineU.S.A.

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