The namesake of the movement, French reformer John Calvin, renounced Roman Catholicism and embraced Protestant views. The earliest notions of later Reformed tradition were already espoused by Huldrych Zwingli.
Image 11This Dutch stained glass allegory shows Christ ascending the cross with Satan and several dead people on his back. Faith is personified as a woman to the right of a naked man on the ground asking Christ the way of salvation. (from Calvinism)
Image 16John Calvin, Theologian and Protestant Reformer. Depicts him holding the Scriptures (Geneva Bible) which he declared as necessary for human understanding of God's revelation. Calvin's general, explicit exposition of his view of Scripture is found mainly in his Institutes of the Christian Religion. (from Calvinism)