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John Calvin was raised Catholic in a French middle-class family, and as a student he was interested in humanism and the Protestant reformation movements. He trained for the priesthood at the University of Paris, but, encouraged by his attorney father, he also studied law at the university in Orleans. As a result of his preaching the reformation doctrines, he was forced to flee France for fear of persecution. In 1535 he left the country with his friend Nicholas Cop, a rector at the University of Paris who announced his support for Martin Luther. It was at this time that Calvin developed his own personal theology. The following year, Calvin published his "Institutes of the Christian Religion" in Basel, Switzerland, a now-standard work of Protestant thought and belief. He was asked to lead the reformation movement in Geneva, which he accepted, yet he was banished from the city two years later. In Strasbourg, he met and married the widow Idelette de Bure; the couple had one child who died in infancy. It was in Strasbourg that Calvin published the first of many commentaries on the Bible. In 1541, Calvin returned to Geneva, where he played a significant role in the city's religious, political, and civic life until his death.
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