Calvin on Islam

     The Christian Crusades, from 1091 to 1291, had failed to check the westward movement of the Turks from Turkmenistan into Palestine on their way toward Turkey.   By 1453, they had captured Constantinople.  Then they started overrunning Southeastern Europe also during the lifetimes of the two great Protestant Reformers — Martin Luther (1483-1546) and John Calvin (1509-1564). 

     Now it should not be thought that Calvin was blind to the few commendable features of Islam. 

     Thus, in his Sermons on Deuteronomy (4:8), he frankly enjoined his Christian addressees: “Look upon the Turks [alias the Moslems]!   They have some reverence to their religion….   So have the Papists also….   Still, both of them are cut off from the Church of God — through their own fault.”1