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John Calvin’s aversion to being remembered

Of all the 16th-century Reformers, John Calvin (1506–1564) was the most reluctant to discuss details of his life in works destined for public consumption.

Rear View Mirror Professor Michael Haykin
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Calvin’s grave plaque

As he told Cardinal Jacopo Sadoleto: ‘I am not eager to speak about myself.’ He had, as historian Heiko Oberman once aptly put it, a ‘dislike of self-disclosure.’