By John Olin
These statements are usually not in vacuo of a Roman Catholic and Protestant place. They have been drafted in the middle of the spiritual clash that was once then dividing Europe. they usually replicate too the temperaments and private histories of the lads who wrote them. Sadoleto’s letter has an irenic procedure, an emphasis at the solidarity and peace of the Church, hugely attribute of the Christian Humanism he represented. Calvin’s answer is partially a private safeguard, an apologia professional vita sua, that documents his personal spiritual adventure. And its taut, entire argument is attribute of the disciplined and logical brain of the writer of The Institutes of the Christian Religion.
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