Recommended resources: Calvin, councils, and confessions
Read about John Calvin’s life, theology, and influence in Alexandre Ganoczy, The Young Calvin (1987); François Wendel, Calvin (1995); Bernard Cottret, Calvin: A Biography (2000); Richard Muller, The Unaccommodated Calvin (2001), Christ and the Decree (2008), and Calvin and the Reformed Tradition (2012); Christopher Elwood, Calvin for Armchair Theologians (2002); David Hall and Peter Lillback, eds., A Theological Guide to Calvin’s Institutes (2008); Michiel A. van den Berg, Friends of Calvin (2009); Herman Selderhuis, John Calvin: A Pilgrim’s Life (2009); F. Bruce Gordon, Calvin (2011); David C. Steinmetz, Calvin in Context (2012); Jon Balserak, John Calvin as Sixteenth-Century Prophet (2014); Michael Horton, Calvin on the Christian Life (2014); and Bruce Gordon, John Calvin’s Institutes of the Christian Religion (2016).
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Life in Geneva is considered in E. William Monter, Calvin’s Geneva (1967); Karin Maag, Seminary or University? The Genevan Academy and Reformed Higher Education 1560–1620 (1995); Ronald Wallace, Calvin, Geneva, and the Reformation (1998); John Witte Jr., Sex, Marriage, and Family Life in John Calvin’s Geneva (2005); and Jennifer Powell McNutt, Calvin Meets Voltaire (2014).
Learn more about the general spread of the Reformed faith in Mark Greengrass, The French Reformation (1991); Karin Maag, ed., The Reformation in Eastern and Central Europe (1997); William Monter, Judging the French Reformation (1999); Christopher Elwood, The Body Broken (1989); Mack Holt, ed., Renaissance and Reformation France (2003); and Alastair Duke, The Reformation and Revolt in the Low Countries (2003).
The story of the English Reformation continues in Patrick Collinson, The Elizabethan Puritan Movement (1967) and The Religion of Protestants: The Church in English Society 1559–1625 (1982); A. G. Dickens, The English Reformation (1991); J. J. Scarisbrick, The Reformation and the English People (1991); Eamon Duffy, The Stripping of the Altars (1992); Diarmaid MacCulloch, The Later Reformation in England 1547–1603 (2000); Francis Bremer, Puritanism: A Very Short Introduction (2009); and Jacqueline Rose, Godly Kingship in Restoration England (2011).
Lutherans are found in Eric Gritsch and Robert Jenson, Lutheranism (1976); David Whitford, Tyranny and Resistance (2001); C. Scott Dixon, The Reformation in Germany (2002); Eric Gritsch, A History of Lutheranism (2002); John Witte Jr., Law and Protestantism (2002); and Charles Arand, Robert Kolb, and James A. Nestingen, The Lutheran Confessions (2012).
Mennonites appear in Piet Visser and Mary Sprunger, Menno Simons (1996); C. Arnold Snyder, Anabaptist History and Theology (1997); Walter Klaassen and William Klassen, Marpeck: A Life of Dissent and Conformity (2008); Peter Klassen, Mennonites in Early Modern Poland and Prussia (2009); and Abraham Friesen, Menno Simons (2015).
Finally, Roland Bainton’s series on women in the Reformation concludes with Women of the Reformation in France and England (1973) and Women of the Reformation from Spain to Scandinavia (1977).
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