Who ordained Calvin?

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  1. Whit

    Whit Puritan Board Freshman

    My Roman Catholic friend doesn’t think John Calvin was a lawfully ordained minister of the gospel. How do we respond to this? Was he ordained? If so, by whom?

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  2. Tom Hart

    Tom Hart Puritan Board Junior

  3. Guido's Brother

    Guido's Brother Puritan Board Junior

    There's not a lot of discussion on this in Calvin's biographies. The only exception I've come across is Herman J. Selderhuis, John Calvin: A Pilgrim's Life. He writes: "Calvin's situation, however, posed no problem given that the Reformation was seen by its followers as nothing but a continuation of the existing church. Already existing church offices, including the office of chaplain, remained valid. Thus, even though Calvin had formerly renounced the income of his chaplaincy, he was nevertheless in the eyes of others an experienced and viable holder of church office." (page 66)
  4. alexandermsmith

    alexandermsmith Puritan Board Sophomore

  5. TylerRay

    TylerRay Puritan Board Senior

    He was tonsured at age 12, and served as a chaplain afterward.
  6. Scott Bushey

    Scott Bushey Puritan Board Doctor

    tonsure | ˈtän(t)SHər | a part of a monk's or priest's head left bare on top by shaving off the hair. • [in singular] an act of shaving the top of a monk's or priest's head as a preparation for entering a religious order. [with object] (often as adjective tonsured) shave the hair on the crown of. ORIGIN late Middle English: from Old French, or from Latin tonsura, from tondere ‘shear, clip’.
  7. Tom Hart

    Tom Hart Puritan Board Junior

    It appears that this is incorrect, or at best incomplete. I thought I had read it in Williston Walker's biography of Calvin, but perhaps not.

    Apparently there's no very hard evidence one way or the other, but there are references to Calvin being "authorized" by the presbytery, and Calvin himself thought highly of the importance of ordination. Also, from what I've read, nowhere among Sadoleto's criticisms of Calvin is any mention of lack of ordination.
  8. Logan

    Logan Puritan Board Junior

  9. Contra_Mundum

    Contra_Mundum Pilgrim, Alien, Stranger Staff Member

  10. Whit

    Whit Puritan Board Freshman

    Thank you so much for this!
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