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Guillaume Farel. Source: Wikipedia Commons
Guillaume Farel was the ardent friend and co-worker of Calvin. He was an unusually energetic pioneer in the Reformation in France, and was particularly enthusiastic in introducing it in Geneva, Switzerland, persuading Calvin to settle there, co-operated in Neuchätel, and in Metz, France. At first his position was close to that of the Anabaptists; he agreed with them on adult baptism, but was unwilling to forbid infant baptism (letter of 7 September 1527). Zwingli's ideas concerning the Zürich Anabaptists apparently influenced him, but he still defended the Anabaptists against unjust accusations. Later he accepted Calvin's views and took the same position as he against them.


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Author(s) Christian Neff
Date Published 1956

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Neff, Christian. "Farel, Guillaume (1489-1565)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1956. Web. 25 May 2016.,_Guillaume_(1489-1565)&oldid=94602.

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Neff, Christian. (1956). Farel, Guillaume (1489-1565). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 25 May 2016, from,_Guillaume_(1489-1565)&oldid=94602.

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