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"Calvin's success in Geneva was due to the organisation and disciplineOf the movement rather than to his theology" how far do you agree with this Statement?

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"Calvin's success in Geneva was due to the organisation and discipline Of the movement rather than to his theology" how far do you agree with this Statement? During the Reformation, Calvin was very successful in changing religious practices and getting his ideas across. Geneva had been under the rule of the House of Savoy, but the Genevans successfully overthrew the Savoys and the local bishop-prince of Geneva in the waning years of the 1520's. The Genevans, however, unlike the citizens of Zurich, Bern, Basel, and other cities that became Protestant in the 1520's, were not German-speakers but primarily French-speakers. As such, they did not have close cultural ties with the reformed churches in Germany and Switzerland. The Protestant canton of Bern, however, was determined to see Protestantism spread throughout Switzerland. In 1533, Bern sent Protestant reformers to convert Geneva into a Protestant city; after considerable conflict, Geneva officially became Protestant in 1535. His most important work involved the organisation of church governance and the social organisation of the church and the city. He was, in fact, the first major political thinker to model social organisation entirely on biblical principles. At first his reforms did not go over well. ...read more.

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However by the 1550s Calvin had fallen out with Luther over the Eucharist but had come to an agreement with the Zwinglians in The doctrine of justification by faith was more important to him was the doctrine of justification by faith. 'Man' was evil and significant and 'man's' corruption could only be redeemed by the grace of God whose power was omniscient, which implied that 'man' would be saved not on account of his good works but because God had predestined him as one of the 'elect.' Those with faith would be sure of salvation by the doctrine known as single predestination. This would only be known after death and on earth everyone must try to live as good a life as possible. Calvin described his ideas as 'the principle article of the Christian religion,' which were only developed in the 1550's. They differed from Luther and Zwingli, who both placed more emphasis on salvation and did not accept the notion of double predestination. Calvin taught people to 'know God by whom all men were created' which became the centre of his creed and the 'chief end of human life'; and God word would only be revealed by a careful study of and implicit belief in the Bible. ...read more.

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reaching its highest point in 1552 when Perrin coupled military leadership with civic leadership and with his relatives and associates supported the magistrates in their attempt to control excommunication. Between 1546-1555 he vanquished his opponents and built up a reputation in a series of show-trials, the image of guardian of public morality, of theological orthodoxy and proponent of reformation principles. He also began to control the local clergy. Overall Calvin revolutionised society. The organisation and the discipline of the church was quite successful as it did help society, and even though he was exiled and people criticised him, Geneva still became an important Protestant centre for Europe. Protestants driven out of France, England, Scotland and the Netherlands came to Geneva to seek refuge. If it wasn't for the new orders, society wouldn't have changed socially, educationally and culturally. His theology however also made a big impact even though it was criticised by people such as Luther but it did improve religion and the church. The most important theological position of Calvinism is that of predestination. Calvin believed that salvation was not a choice, but that it was pre-decided by God at the beginning of time any many people in society also believed this. He made ideas more logical and coherent, so that they could actually understand them. ...read more.

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