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A Reformation Debate

John Calvin & Jacopo Sadoleto

John Olin

Publication Year: 2000

In 1539, Cardinal Jacopo Sadoleto, Bishop of Carpentras, addressed a letter to the magistrates and citizens of Geneva, asking them to return to the Roman Catholic faith. John Calvin replied to Sadoleto, defending the adoption of the Protestant reforms. Sadoleto's letter and Calvin's reply constitute one of the most interesting exchanges of Roman Catholic/Protestant views during the Reformationand an excellent introduction to the great religious controversy of the sixteenth century. These statements are not in vacuo of a Roman Catholic and Protestant position. They were drafted in the midst of the religious conflict that was then dividing Europe. And they reflect too the temperaments and personal histories of the men who wrote them. Sadoleto's letter has an irenic approach, an emphasis on the unity and peace of the Church, highly characteristic of the Christian Humanism he represented. Calvin's reply is in part a personal defense, an apologia pro vita sua, that records his own religious experience. And its taut, comprehensive argument is characteristic of the disciplined and logical mind of the author of The Institutes of the Christian Religion.

Published by: Fordham University Press


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pp. ix-x

The Reformation of the sixteenth century was essentially a religious event. Other factors undoubtedly played their part in its coming, course, and manifold consequences, but the event itself, if that term may be used to signify so extended a development, was first and foremost a revolution in the domain of religious faith and practice. It is important, therefore, in the ...

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pp. 1-22

In March, 1539, Cardinal Jacopo Sadoleto, bishop of Carpentras in southern France, addressed a letter to the magistrates and citizens of Geneva asking them to return to the Catholic faith. The following August, John Calvin replied to Sadoleto, defending the adoption of the Protestant reforms. Both letters are lucid and eloquent statements of their respective ...

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Sadoleto’s Letter to the Genevans

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pp. 23-42

Very dear brethren in Christ, peace to you and with us, that is, with the Catholic Church, the mother of all, both us and you, love and concord from God, the Father Almighty, and from His only Son Jesus Christ, our Lord, together with the Holy Spirit, perfect Unity in Trinity; to whom be praise and dominion forever and ever. Amen. I presume, very dear brethren, it is known to some of you ...

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Calvin’s Reply to Sadoleto

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pp. 43-88

In the great abundance of learned men whom our age has produced, your excellent learning and distinguished eloquence having deservedly procured you a place among the few whom all, who would be thought studious of liberal arts, look up to and revere, it is with great reluctance I bring forward your name before the learned world, and address to you the following ...

Appendix on The Justification Controversy

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pp. 89-130

E-ISBN-13: 9780823247134
Print-ISBN-13: 9780823219902
Print-ISBN-10: 0823219909

Page Count: 130
Publication Year: 2000

OCLC Number: 50616026
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