Switzerland—Calvinism Notes by Dr. Honora M. Finkelstein   John Calvin agreed with Luther that religion need biblical roots but he disagreed over the nature of God, whom he saw as angry and judging. He emphasized morality and established a code of ethics and rules for behavior. He believed man was predestined at birth for heaven or hell, but he though worldly success proved God's approval and blessing. So he advocated hard work, control of personal desires, and a dour and rigid behavior code to assure that success. Puritanism, which was rooted in Calvinism, is the basis for the early American Protestant work ethic. Made with Xara Website by Susan Smily