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This chapter examines Calvin's thought on the church as that thought develops up to and through the 1550s. The chapter focuses on three things: Calvin's views on the church and, particularly, the Roman Catholic Church; his position on whether evangelicals ought to fellowship with Rome, i.e. the question of Nicodemism; the relation of these issues to France. It considers Calvin's antipathy towards Nicodemism. This it did because the reformer's lectures on the Twelve Prophets were intended, in part, to prepare ministers to deal precisely with this problem; the problem of Nicodemism; of collusion with and support of the Roman church. The chapter examines elements of Calvin's thought on the locus of the church and on Nicodemism as well as considering the conditions which prevailed amongst French evangelicals up to early 1556.

Keywords:Calvin; France; Nicodemism; Roman Catholic Church

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