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"The General Assembly of Genevans Voting in Favor of the Reformation in 1536" Image by Edouard Elzingre in Alexandre Guillot Le Siècle de la Réforme a Genève (Geneva: Atar, 1917).  

Topic for 2021
Calvin and Citizenship

What did Calvin have to say about our life as citizens who are subject to an earthly government?  Do Christians have civic duties, and if so, what are Christians’ rights and responsibilities as citizens?  How do the principles Calvin laid down for Christians in his time apply to us today?

Quick Look

  • Deadline: February 1
  • For: High school seniors going to Calvin University, Dordt University, The King's University (Canada), Redeemer University College (Canada), Kuyper College and Trinity Christian College in Fall 2021
  • Prizes: $3500 First Prize, $2000 Second Prize 

Awards are given annually for research papers on a topic dealing with John Calvin or Calvinism. Awards are payable to student tuition accounts at the following institutions: Calvin University, Dordt University, The King's University (Canada), Redeemer University College (Canada), Kuyper College and Trinity Christian College.

Research Sources

Suggested Primary Sources

Calvin's Sermon on 2 Samuel 2:8-17

Calvin's Sermon on 2 Samuel 2:18-32

Calvin's _Commentaries_, Matthew 22:21

Calvin's _Commentaries_, Romans 13:1-7

Calvin's _Commentaries_, 1 Timothy 2:1-3

Calvin's _Commentaries_, Titus 3:1-9

Calvin's _Institutes_, chapter 20, "On Civil Government"

Suggested Secondary Sources

Muttitt, Andrew. "John Calvin, 2 Samuel 2:8-32 and Resistance to Civil Government: Supreme Equivocation or Mastery of Contextual Exegesis?" _Koers_ 82 (2017): [ten pages]

Tuininga, Matthew. "The Latent Pluralism of Calvin's Political Theology." _Political Theology_ 19/4 (2018): 300-13

Wiley, Daniel. "'But if we have respect to the Word of God': An Evaluation of Calvin's Perspectives on the Believer's Responsibility to the Governing Authorities" _Puritan Reformed Journal_ 11/2 (2019): 45-64

Research Paper Format Guidelines

Papers should be 8 to 12 pages long, typed double-spaced, and include footnotes or endnotes as well as a bibliography. Pages must be numbered. Papers must include a cover sheet with the following information:

  • Name
  • Address
  • Telephone number
  • E-mail address
  • High school and name of principal
  • High school address
  • Church and name of pastor
  • Church address
  • How you learned about the scholarship

No name or other identifying information should appear on any page except the cover sheet. The Meeter Center will assign each entry a code number and write it on the pages of the paper. This assures impartial judging of the papers by the Calvinism Committee and allows for accurate identification.

The Calvinism Committee will judge the papers by the following criteria:

  1. Thoroughness of research, including primary sources and quality secondary sources.
  2. Coherence and originality of the argument.
  3. Quality of writing.
  4. Relatedness to contemporary situation.

Papers must be attached to an email to pfields@calvin.edu by February 1, 2021. The Calvinism Committee will select winners by the end of March from applicants who will attend college or university in the fall of 2021. All participants will be notified of their status by mail.

If you have any questions regarding the Hugh and Eve Meeter Calvinism Awards for High School Seniors, please feel free to contact us.