John Calvin

1509 - 1564

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John Calvin (; Middle French: Jean 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 4,480,079 page views. His biography is available in 103 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 98 in 2019). John Calvin is the 19th most popular religious figure (up from 22nd in 2019), the 19th most popular biography from France (up from 20th in 2019) and the most popular French Religious Figure.

John Calvin is most famous for the doctrine of predestination.

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Among religious figures, John Calvin ranks 19 out of 2,272Before him are Jacob, Saint George, Francis of Assisi, Judas Iscariot, Elijah, and Solomon. After him are Aaron, Ali, Saint Joseph, Abu Bakr, Pope Benedict XVI, and Mary Magdalene.

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Among people born in 1509, John Calvin ranks 1After him are Michael Servetus, Şah Sultan, Daniele da Volterra, Fernão Mendes Pinto, John of Leiden, Jan Matsys, Bernardino Telesio, Gonzalo Jiménez de Quesada, Étienne Dolet, Ippolito II d'Este, and Luis de Morales. Among people deceased in 1564, John Calvin ranks 2Before him is Michelangelo. After him are Ferdinand I, Holy Roman Emperor, Andreas Vesalius, Pierre Belon, Charles Estienne, Maurice Scève, Giovanni da Udine, and Theodore Bibliander.

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Among people born in France, John Calvin ranks 19 out of 5,234Before him are Molière (1622), Louis XVI of France (1754), Honoré de Balzac (1799), Nostradamus (1503), Jean-Paul Sartre (1905), and Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (1900). After him are Charles de Gaulle (1890), Paul Gauguin (1848), Paul Cézanne (1839), Émile Zola (1840), Frederick I, Holy Roman Emperor (1122), and Napoleon III (1808).


Among religious figures born in France, John Calvin ranks 1After him are Pope Urban II (1042), Bernard of Clairvaux (1090), Pope Clement V (1264), Saint Sebastian (300), Pope John XXII (1244), Pope Gregory XI (1370), Bernadette Soubirous (1844), Pope Clement VI (1291), Pope Urban V (1310), Pope Urban VI (1318), and Thérèse of Lisieux (1873).