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John Calvin and the Belgic Confession

S. A. Strauss
In die Skriflig/In Luce Verbi | Vol 27, No 4 | a1475 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/ids.v27i4.1475 | © 1993 S. A. Strauss | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 11 June 1993 | Published: 11 June 1993

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S. A. Strauss,, South Africa

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Abstract

Calvin's influence on the Belgic Confession is usually taken for granted. In this article this traditional view' is subjected to a critical study. Firstly a historical investigation is made of the possible biographic contact that John Calvin (1509-64) and Guido de Brés (1522-67) could have had. This investigation lead's to the conclusion that the latter was a close pupil of the former Calvin exercised influence on the Belgic Confession (1561) via the Confessio Gailicana (1559). When comparing the general theological con­tent of the Belgic Confession with the Institutes of Calvin, significant simi­larities are found.

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