John Calvin – Social Justice advocate

John Calvin, social justice advocate

John Calvin, social justice advocate

Since this year marks the 500th anniversary of John Calvin’s birth (which is a big deal in many circles), I pirated this comment from our Field Blog:

While living in the city of Geneva (now in Switzerland), Calvin made sure the poor didn’t starve or get turned away from hospitals.

He promoted job growth and interest-free charitable loans, and taught the wealthy to lead humble lifestyles and avoid expensive jewelry, so they could use their money to give generously to poor refugees fleeing religious persecution.

Calvin’s system worked so well that there were no beggars on the streets, and in 1554 one observer called Geneva “the most perfect school of Christ that ever was in the earth since the days of the apostles.’

Nice thumbnail on Calvin from CT here.

HT:  Cross Field Blog

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