Calvin and Social Welfare: Deacons and the Bourse Franšaise

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Susquehanna University Press, 1989 - Political Science - 341 pages
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The hospitality offered by John Calvin and his supporters in Geneva to Protestant refugees from Catholic areas was institutionalized in the 1540s into a welfare fund known as the Bourse francaise. This history of the institution and its influence is set within the larger social and cultural context of sixteenth-century Reformation Europe and of welfare and the diaconate in the early and medieval church.

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I come to this book by way of a self directed study on the issues of the ministry of mercy in the Church and in particular the role of the deaconate. As the author writes: this work is a biography of ... Read full review

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Jeannine E. Olson is professor of history at Rhode Island College. She received her M.A and Ph.D. from Stanford University. Her field of knowledge includes the Renaissance, the Reformation, Tudor-Stuart England, Early-Modern Europe, and the Enlightenment. Olsen has written Histoire de I'Eglise, Calvin and Social Welfare: Deacons and the Bourse francaise, and Deacons and Deaconesses through the Centuries, for which she received an Award of Commendation from the Concordia Historical Institute.

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