Scripta didactica et polemica, volumen IV : Epistolae duae, deux discours
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Ioannis Calvini Opera Omnia

Scripta didactica et polemica, volumen IV : Epistolae duae, deux discours

Librairie Droz

Ioannis Calvini Opera Omnia


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These two public letters are Calvin’s first publication for a wider audience
since his arrival in Geneva. Its preface is dated on 12 January 1537. After
years of scholarly activity and travelling in anonymity Guillaume Farel
forcefully committed him to the church of Geneva. The young author of the
Institutes (1536) was at Farel’s and Viret’s side at the Disputation of
Lausanne. He broke any allegiance with the Circle of Meaux and sided
wholeheartedly with the reformed cause. The contents of the Epistolae duae,
drafted in Ferrara, reveal that Calvin must have revised the manuscript to
give testimony to the appeal of the Disputation to the roman catholic clergy.
The first letter challenges Christians to break away for idolatry and confess
publicly. The second letter is a challenge to the clergy either to reform or
lay down their offices. The Epistolae duae are the opening move in the
exchange among the reformers on nicodemism. Calvin, as ghost writer of Farel,
breaks with the reform movement of Meaux, France. That was what the reformed
position in October 1536 had implied. Calvin’s two minor contributions to the
Disputation of Lausanne have been added to the present edition.
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