Christ, the Mirror of Truth in Calvin

Christ is the Mirror wherein we must, and without self-deception may, contemplate our own election.

John Calvin, Institutes of the Christian Religion

Like Luther, Jean Calvin emphasized the primacy of scripture as the authority for doctrine, and salvation through grace, rather than good works. For Calvin, however, using art to praise God might lead to idolatry, while the separation of Church and State denied an unavoidable truth: while the Kingdom of God was distinct from civil jurisdiction, the proper means and ends of the State could only be accomplished through conformity with the Christian faith. Calvin's belief in the interweaving of religion and politics was especially influential and led, in February 1554, to the ruling magistracy of Geneva agreeing to "live according to the Reformation" and, in essence, to make the laws of the city conform to the laws of Christ. Luther and Calvin were united in their desire to reform the Church in accordance with their vision of Jesus, the Mirror of the Eternal.
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