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The second sense is that sense which sees a body as corrupt but still possessing some remains of what it once was. So, Calvin 32 33 34 35 36 Ibid. Ibid. Ibid. Ibid. Calvin,  Institutio, p. .  chapter two asserts that there remained amongst the Jews, and again the same is true of Rome, certain special prerogatives (quaedam . . 38 But, Calvin quickly warns, were a sincere believer to judge from this that they should have full fellowship with this body, they would be making an egregious mistake.

L. Parker, Calvin’s Old Testament Commentaries (Edinburgh, ). For the records, see Livre des Habitants de Geneve, Tome I: –, ed. Paul F. Geisendorf [Travaux d’Humanisme et Renaissance ] (Genève, ). 43 Wilcox, ‘The Lectures of John Calvin’ (see above, n. ), .  chapter one latter (false) church is large and idolatrous; the former (true) church is a small remnant of the faithful, who worship God in truth. This conception of the church is absolutely fundamental to his interpretation of his own era and that of the prophets.

Darren Fung argues that “the colloquies of – certainly provided the occasion and explained the sense of urgency in this revision” (Darren Fung, ‘Calvin’s critique of the Papacy: a historical and theological study’ (Unpublished PhD thesis, University of Edinburgh, ), p. ). See also, François Wendel, Sources et évolution de sa pensée religieuse (Paris, ); ET: Calvin; Origins and Development of His Religious Thought, trans. Philip Mairet (; repr. , ), pp. –. 53 Calvin,  Institutio, .

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