"John Calvin: A Pilgrim's Life" by Herman J. Selderhuis

Friday, 30 Oct 2009

Long before Jack Kerouac, there was John Calvin. According to the Genevan Reformer, the Christian life was a sojourn, and we are always on the road. The metaphor of pilgrimage serves as a distinguishing feature of this fine new biography by Herman Selderhuis (church historian at the Theologische Universiteit Apeldoorn in the Netherlands). Calvin was all too familiar with the lifelong calling of a refugee. Pilgrimage meant first of all the pain of separation from friends who remained in the Roman Catholic Church. Calvin urged French Protestants to leave their country, following the command that Abraham obeyed. ...

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