A-Z: General definitions: Calvinism


The system of belief taught by John Calvin, a French Reformation scholar and translator working from Geneva in the 1500's. He stressed the authority of the Bible and the sovereignty of God over all life; that man without God was utterly depraved but that God had graciously predestined an 'elect' group of people to be saved. 

There are no bishops in the churches that he set up; each church is governed by a group of elders. See Protestant; Reformation.

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