John Calvin

1509 - 1564

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John Calvin (; Middle French: Jehan Cauvin; French: Jean Calvin [ʒɑ̃ kalvɛ̃]; 10 July 1509 – 27 May 1564) was a French theologian, pastor and reformer in Geneva during the Protestant Reformation. He was a principal figure in the development of the system of Christian theology later called Calvinism, including its doctrines of predestination and of God's absolute sovereignty in the salvation of the human soul from death and eternal damnation. Calvinist doctrines were influenced by and elaborated upon the Augustinian and other Christian traditions. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of John Calvin has received more than 5,525,060 page views. His biography is available in 109 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 106 in 2019). John Calvin is the 23rd most popular religious figure (up from 24th in 2019), the 20th most popular biography from France (down from 18th in 2019) and the most popular French Religious Figure.

John Calvin is most famous for the doctrine of predestination.

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Over the past year John Calvin has had the most page views in the with 619,970 views, followed by Spanish (167,565), and Portuguese (116,580). In terms of yearly growth of page views the top 3 wikpedia editions are Zeelandic (95.55%), Icelandic (85.21%), and Urdu (64.79%)


Among religious figures, John Calvin ranks 23 out of 3,187Before him are Pope John Paul II, Francis of Assisi, Saint George, Andrew the Apostle, Isaac, and Elijah. After him are Ali, Samson, Mary Magdalene, Matthew the Apostle, Abu Bakr, and Zoroaster.

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Among people born in 1509, John Calvin ranks 1After him are Michael Servetus, Şah Sultan, Daniele da Volterra, Jan Matsys, Fernão Mendes Pinto, John of Leiden, Gonzalo Jiménez de Quesada, Bernardino Telesio, Luis de Morales, Étienne Dolet, and Leone Leoni. Among people deceased in 1564, John Calvin ranks 2Before him is Michelangelo. After him are Ferdinand I, Holy Roman Emperor, Andreas Vesalius, Matrakçı Nasuh, Pierre Belon, Rani Durgavati, Sabina of Bavaria, Charles Estienne, Giovanni da Udine, Theodore Bibliander, and Martim Afonso de Sousa.

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Among people born in France, John Calvin ranks 20 out of 6,770Before him are Molière (1622), Charles de Gaulle (1890), Honoré de Balzac (1799), Jean-Paul Sartre (1905), Alain Delon (1935), and Henri Matisse (1869). After him are Paul Cézanne (1839), Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (1900), Brigitte Bardot (1934), Napoleon II (1811), Auguste Comte (1798), and Antoine Lavoisier (1743).


Among religious figures born in France, John Calvin ranks 1After him are Pope Urban II (1042), Bernard of Clairvaux (1090), Thérèse of Lisieux (1873), Saint Sebastian (300), Pope Clement V (1264), Pope John XXII (1244), Pope Martin IV (1220), Pope Urban V (1310), Bernadette Soubirous (1844), Pope Clement VI (1291), and Saint Roch (1295).