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In 1539, Cardinal Jacopo Sadoleto, Bishop of Carpentras, addressed a letter to the magistrates and electorate of Geneva, asking them to come back to the Roman Catholic religion. John Calvin responded to Sadoleto, protecting the adoption of the Protestant reforms. Sadoleto's letter and Calvin's answer represent the most attention-grabbing exchanges of Roman Catholic/Protestant perspectives through the Reformationand a good advent to the nice spiritual controversy of the 16th century. those statements aren't in vacuo of a Roman Catholic and Protestant place. They have been drafted in the course of the non secular clash that used to be then dividing Europe. and so they mirror too the temperaments and private histories of the boys who wrote them. Sadoleto's letter has an irenic process, an emphasis at the cohesion and peace of the Church, hugely attribute of the Christian Humanism he represented. Calvin's answer is partly a private safeguard, an apologia seasoned vita sua, that documents his personal non secular adventure. And its taut, entire argument is attribute of the disciplined and logical brain of the writer of The Institutes of the Christian faith.
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But things of this nature,though many will, perhaps, be disposedtobelieve them, I am unwilling to ascribe to you, because they seem tome unsuitable to the character of one who has been polished by all kinds of liberal learning. I will, therefore, in entering into discussion with you, give you credit for having written to the Genevese with the purest intention as becomes one of your learning, prudence, and gravity, and for having, in good faith, advised them to the course which you believed conducive to their interest and safety.
Wherefore, as withouttheHoly Spirit, so also without love, nought of ours is pleasing and acceptable to God. When we say, then, that we can be saved by faith alone in God and Jesus Christ, we hold that in this very faith love is essentially comprehended as the chief and primary cause of our salvation. But to leave off disputation, and return to where we left; we have shown you, dearest brethren, or, rather,attempted to show (for our discourse is not equal to the magnitude of the subject), how important it is, bow deeply it concerns us to secure our soul and its salvation, because our soul is our whole selves,is properly our good and only good, while all other goods are foreign to us, and disjoined from us, and cannot in any degree be enjoyed, if we fail of' obtaining this, which is first and truly ours.