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Calvin In Germany

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In Germany, John Calvin basked in the sunshine of illustrious evangelicals. It was no asylum or retreat. After arriving, he found himself in the ranks of theological advisors to the Protestant League, and he enjoyed a political education, as a review of these three years shows. The Holy Roman Empire first inspired what we could consider a righteous ambition, but it was also an improbable one. Calvin's immediate future rose from a personal quality and circumstances: his proven usefulness as a scholar of Strasbourg's gymnasium illustre and the opportunities created by imperial politics, before and during the colloquy at Worms. Calvin was surely convinced of the importance of his work, advocating liberty for the French brethren and the cooperation of Swiss and German Protestants. He moved in lofty circles. He was present when Melanchthon and Martin Bucer confronted famous defenders of the old faith.

Keywords: Germany; Holy Roman Empire; John Calvin; Martin Bucer; Melanchthon; Protestant league; Strasbourg; theological advisors

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