Calvins original career plan went awry, though not on account of his personal religious views.
His father appears to have become embroiled in a financial scandal at Noyon, making an ecclesiastical career problematical for Calvin.
This second aspect of his thinking developed against the all“important background of the life of the city of Geneva, which can be thought of as the laboratory within which Calvin forged his new ideas.
Calvin has excited a variety of responses, both from those who read him and from those who only read about him.
The need for some kind of moral and intellectual shake“up within the church had been obvious for some time.
Many religious and political writers of the fifteenth century had been aware of the weaknesses of the medieval church and the society in which it was embedded.
Cop sought refuge in the Swiss city of Basle where Calvin joined him in early 1535.
By this stage, Calvin appears to have accepted something of the agenda of the Reformation”Calvin scholars have spilled much ink over a tantalizingly opaque passage in one of Calvins later writings, which speaks of his undergoing a “sudden conversion” at some unspecified date and place.
Meanwhile, Paris was becoming increasingly agitated with Lutheranism.
While the Faculty of Theology at the University of Paris was hostile to the new religious movement, the King of France, Francis I, was more positive.
For others, Calvin was the “dictator of Geneva,” a personally unattractive person who got (virtually) nothing right.