Swiss American Historical Society Review

Swiss American Historical Society Review


Dwight Page


Protestant, Faith, Reformation, Hope


Although a French national, John Calvin spent a large part

of his career as a pastor and a theologian in Switzerland. Specifically,

he resided in Geneva between 1541 and 1564 and transformed the city

into his beloved Protestant City of God, a safe haven for Protestant

refugees from all over Europe. Indeed, so thorough was the Reformation

in Geneva that the city became known as the Protestant Rome and

the center of the new Protestant faith. In the sixteenth century, at the

time of the Reformation, Geneva was truly the Mecca to which many

Protestants gravitated and to which many Protestants looked for hope

and inspiration.