A New Look at John Calvin John Calvin was born in France in 1509. He was one of the greatest church reformers of the sixteenth century. At age twenty-seven, he published the first edition of his Institutes of the Christian Religion. He went to Geneva to do his difficult but epoch-making Christian work in 1536 and died in 1564. He preached and lectured more than four hundred times each year, and produced fifty-nine volumes of the Calvini Opera. In addition to being a great theologian he was a serious church worker who, with complete self-dedication, persistently labored for the effectiveness of the mission of the Church with his great passion to follow the direction of the Holy Spirit. Here the author provides rich materials for people to understand how and why Calvin was so passionate about the success of the mission of the Church and the necessity of following the direction of the Holy Spirit. The Author David S. Chen, B.Th., B.D., Th.M., S.T.M., Th.D., was a professor of systematic theology, Christian ethics, and world religions at Taiwan Theological Seminary in Taipei, Taiwan. Towards the end of his teaching he was its president. Afterwards, he served the First Reformed Church in Ridgewood, New Jersey for twenty years. After his retirement, he continued to preach for many Christian congregations. Currently, he and his musician wife, Margaret are active members of the First Presbyterian Church in Easton, Pennsylvania. Their grown children are Shirley and John, and their grandchildren are Jeffrey and Victoria.
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