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At an early age, John Calvin found his calling to God to the chagrin of his father, who wanted him to be a lawyer. This calling to God helped Calvin bring about changes to the church. Even though Calvin traveled to some isolated spots in Europe preaching his sermons, the changes occurred all throughout Europe and then into the Americas. All these changes began humbly in France in the early 1500's.
According to Lord, John Cauvin or Calvin as we know him, was born July 10th, 1509 in Noyon, which is in the Picardy region of France (a cathedral city), and died in 1564 in Geneva, Switzerland. He was born to a notary, Gerard Cauvin and his wife Jeanne Le Franc, Calvin was one of five sons. His mother died when he was young and when his father remarried she added two daughters to their mix.
Although Calvin was not born an aristocrat, he was not a peasant like Martin Luther. He was born into a good family and received an excellent education through the good fortune of his father. His father had a professional connection through a noble family (Lord).
Calvin received a good private education with that families children. He earned his masters degree by the time he was eighteen. He was pushed by his father to go into law and he did; he studied under many distinguish men. He continued on with his fathers encouragement, and earned his doctorate at Orleans in the Law facility. Then for some reason not known to us because Calvin was a private person, he underwent a sudden conversion (Holder).

Calvin decided to commit the rest of his life to theology and to the reform of the Church. Even at Calvin's early age of twenty three he was acknowledged to be the head of the reform party in France (Lord). The same year he gradua...

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