He has been the object of much attention from theologians, church leaders, and historians.
Some of that attention has been uncritical and laudatory; in that view, Calvin is the man who got (virtually) nothing wrong.
Calvins competence in matters of civil law would be of no small importance during his Geneva period.
This second aspect of his thinking developed against the all“important background of the life of the city of Geneva, which can be thought of as the laboratory within which Calvin forged his new ideas.
Calvin has excited a variety of responses, both from those who read him and from those who only read about him.
Calvins original career plan went awry, though not on account of his personal religious views.
His father appears to have become embroiled in a financial scandal at Noyon, making an ecclesiastical career problematical for Calvin.