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The Reformation in Western Europe - The Second Generation of Reformers

(Noyon, France, 10 July 1509 – Geneva, 27 May 1564)

Jean CalvinReformed theologian, founder of Calvinism. He worked in Geneva most of his life. In the sixteenth century Calvin’s theology spread from Switzerland to France, Scotland, Germany, Poland, Hungary and northern Croatia.
Calvin’s Magnum Opus is his Institutes of the Christian Religion, which went through a number of editions and became a standard work in the area of systematic theology. Calvin’s involvement in the burning at the stake of anti-Trinitarian Michael Servetus in Geneva in 1553 casts a shadow on his legacy.

Calvin and Flacius

Calvin and Flacius never met each other in person. Even though Flacius disagreed with Calvin theologically, he asked for Calvin’s opinion and advice on the publishing plan for his monumental work, The Magdeburg Centuries. He did this via Caspar von Nydbruck (1523-57), who was the adviser and librarian in the court of Maximillian II in Vienna and was sympathetic to Protestantism, keeping contact with representatives of its various branches in Germany and Switzerland. Calvin’s reply arrived too late (in 1557) when the texts for the first three centuries had already been completed.