John Calvin's Beliefs vs. Ignatius of Loyola's Beliefs

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John Calvin’s Beliefs vs. Ignatius of Loyola’s Beliefs

John Calvin was an influential person in the 1500’s on the teachings and writings of religion. Another important leader was Ignatius of Loyola, but his was in the form of Counter-Reformation. Calvin and Loyola had different beliefs about salvation. Calvin and Loyola also had a way to make people be drawn to their beliefs.

John Calvin was born in France to a upper middle class Roman Catholic family in 1509. His father wanted him to be a priest because it worked for the Pope, so at the age of fourteen he went to Paris to study at a university. While he lived in Paris the teachings of Luther spread, which made Calvin search for the truth behind religious ideology. “Through research and study, Calvin collected his thoughts in a book titled, Institutes of the Christian Religion” (Smith Lesson 24 para4:pg1). His book was about his ideas or beliefs of what people should read in the truth for answers about religion.

Ignatius of Loyola was born in Spain in 1491. “He was a Spanish theologian and one of the most influential figures in the Catholic Reformation of the sixteenth century” (New World Encyclopedia). After a battle that he was wounded in, he had a spiritual vision to be as religious as he could like Christ himself. He created a new religious order known as the Society of Jesus or the Jesuits. “The members had to be strong, educated, and most of all, holy”(Smith Lesson 25 para2:pg3). The purpose of this order was to help Catholics not to be influenced by Protestants, and help Protestants return to their original Catholic faith.

Although Calvin and Loyola were religious truth seekers, they had different views about how people could get salvation. Calvin believed people were born sinful, but only a few would be saved from sin after death. “He also believed that God had already chosen whom to save”(Smith Lesson 24 para1:pg2). Calvin named the chosen the elect because he thought that they were elected...
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