Bruce Gordon


On his book Calvin

Cover Interview of April 20, 2010

Editor’s note

Originally, this interview ran on the Rorotoko cover page under the headline

“ Calvin was always in the process of becoming Calvin.”

We highlighted two quotes.

On the first page:

“ It was a life lived in many phases.  Calvin thought he was going to be a priest, then a lawyer, then a humanist writer.  He ended up a Protestant reformer in a backwater city he disliked intensely, and the feeling was mutual.”

On the second:

“ Did Calvin think Servetus should be executed?  Yes.  Did he want the execution?  Probably.  Did he have the authority to condemn Servetus to death?  No.”