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Calvinism Key Dates 1520s: William Farel and Pierre Viret spread evangelical ideas - both friends of Calvin 1528: Berne had undergone reformation - Geneva's geographical position meant it was in close proximity to Berne and Calvin did not have to begin the reformation (Geneva = exposed to Protestant ideas) 1535: Calvin was almost completely unchallenged up to this year The Institutes of the Christian Religion was published 1536: Farel approached Calvin Calvin presented the Confession of Faith Geneva agreed to its own Protestant reformation The city adopted religious reform - monasteries were dissolved, mass was abolished; papal authority renounced 1538: Syndics (known as the Libertines) opposed Calvin and had won power in the city Calvin and Farel were ordered to leave Geneva and went to Strasburg Calvin gained further experience/an enhanced rep. under the guidance of Bucer as he developed a 2nd edition of the IoCR to wide acclaim 1541: Calvin returned to Geneva after the Libertines had fallen from power (in 1540) Ecclesiastical Ordinances set up Little Council agreed that it would draw up plans for a structured organisation for the Genevan Church - accepted Calvin's proposals, put into law by the Ecclesiastical Ordinances (i.e. a Company of Pastors, the Consistory, the Grabeau, Deacons and Lay Elders) - able to change society and would've not succeeded without the help of the LC Gained experience of German affairs/how Lutheranism developed - e.g. Calvin attended the Colloquy of Regensburg during which attempts to reconcile Protestants and Catholics failed Ami Perrin supported Calvin, but probably feared his political influence 1542: 9 members of the Consistory Sebastian Costello (head of the Genevan College) claimed that the Song of Songs (in the Old Testament) was an erotic poem not inspired by God, so should be excluded from Scriptures - Calvin wanted him expelled 1544:

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