The reviewer examines a biography of Protestant Reformer William Farel. The book describes Farel’s departure from Catholicism and contributions to the efforts of Swiss Reformation, Zuingle in particular. His trails and successes are described.
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The author reviews a book on the life of Reformist William Farel. The reviewer outlines the few known details about Farel’s early life and his time devoted to Catholicism at a Paris University. Farel eventually rejects the fevered saint and relic worship in favor of devotion to text. Farel eventually rejects much Catholic ceremony. Farel joins with Zuingle in Switzerland; he and Erasmus dislike each other strongly. Farel apparently becomes a lay preacher, publishing for his flock. The biography discusses Luther’s effect upon French and Swiss reformers. Farel appeared in his element in the strife between Reformers and Catholics. The book details Farel’s missions and the trials faced to bring about the Reformation, and the review outlines many of the details. Farel is imprisoned but eventually establishes the Reformation in Geneva. The book describes his relationship to Calvin and Farel’s contributions to the Confessions of Faith. The reviewer finds that Reformers’ mixing of Church and State contributed greatly to strife under their control.