Early in John Calvin's career, he was involved in a controversy that forced him to flee Paris and live in hiding for a time. Calvin's friend, Nicolas Cop, delivered an address that many considered heretical, and Calvin was implicated as well. R. C. Sproul says:

Now it was also discovered that this student, John Calvin, helped him compose this sermon, and so, as a result of this event, Calvin also had to flee not only the city, but he had to flee France itself. (10:30–11:00)

Bruce Shelley relates the event this way:

In the autumn of 1533, Calvin was so closely linked with his friend Nicholas Cop that when Cop gave a strongly Protestant address as rector of the university, some suspected Calvin wrote the speech. (CHPL, 269)

While Wikipedia says, without a citation:

Calvin certainly influenced but did not write Cop's address (permalink)

So, my question is, do modern biographers of Calvin or historians of the Reformation believe:

  • that Calvin had a role in the actual drafting of the speech?
  • that Calvin had any influence on the content of the speech?
  • or that Calvin was accused simply because of his friendship with Cop?

That is, what is the scholarly consensus, and the basis for that consensus, on Calvin's involvement in the writing of Cop's fateful address?

  • I doubt there is any "scholarly consensus" on such an arcane issue. The most detailed and earliest account I can find comes from this 1906 book, which includes citations (maybe you could try tracking down those sources): books.google.com/books?id=RN7ScFpRkecC&pg=PA106 – Ben W Jun 19 '16 at 15:34

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