An Analysis of the Social Philosophies of Brigham Young and John Calvin, with Special Reference to Their Similarities as They Were Expressed Through the Utah and Geneva Theocracies
Brigham Young University
Brigham Young was an American product of the nineteenth century. John Calvin was a European product of the sixteenth century. Each of these men left definite impressions upon world history. Of the two, Calvin is more widely understood and better known, but we should remember that the element of time was in his favor.
An examination of the lives of these two men indicates definite parallels, and their teachings show many views in common. Both were spiritual as well as temporal leaders, and each succeeded in gaining the interest of the world in his particular time. Just as the attention of the people of sixteenth century Europe was focused upon Geneva, the world of the nineteenth century had its attention centered upon Utah. Both Utah and Geneva offered novel situations, but the thing which made them colorful before the world was not their people, but their leaders, Brigham Young and John Calvin.