Happy birthday Jean Cauvin

Today’s the day to light a few candles for one of the original homeboys of the reformed movement, one whom John Updike once described as ‘calm, gentle, [and] reasonable’, and whom Karl Barth described as ‘a cataract, a primeval forest, a demonic power, something directly down from Himalaya, absolutely Chinese, strange, mythological’. We are talking here of Mr and Mrs Cauvin’s little boy Jean.

Now Mr Cauvin Jnr, of course, was not too fond of those who lit candles, associating them on more than one occasion with that most deplorable practice of pouring wine and water into the cruet. So perhaps a few pints of Calvinus (which now comes with a new black Cauvin option) might be a more appropriate way to celebrate his big day.

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