Originally Posted by josh
BTW Rothes, if you don't mind me asking, do you belong to a particular religion? I ask because I see you're from Switzerland and I've always thought most Swiss were Calvinists. Probably because I associate Calvin with Geneva. But some time ago I saw a documentary on TV about the Swiss Garde in the Vatican and they mentioned that in fact Catholics are still a majority in Switzerland, albeit a small majority. Is that true?
Yes I am a catholic (A practicing one aswell) (you know the Church every sunday twice a day, Organizing Youth Group) Choir of Geneva etc, have been bought up as one by my parents.
Calvinism, also known as Reformed theology, is a system of biblical interpretation that focuses on the supreme sovereignty of God, His majesty, His holiness, etc. It relates this to man's fallen, sinful nature. Because of the great chasm between God and man and because of man's fallen nature, God must predestine people into salvation...or none would be saved. Therefore, salvation is the work of God and we are the mere recipients of His gracious election.
Roman Catholicsm is the major denomination in Switzerland. You will find when you are in the Swiss Speaking Part of Switzerland ie: Geneve, Lusanne, Leman and the Major Swiss Cantons the predominant Denomination is Catholic, probably as much as 90% and only around
5-6% Protestant. In The German Cantons and speaking parts, ie Basle, Zurich, Bern, Zug etc (lets just say most of Switzerland) Protestant is the main Denomination, here where talking about 50%, Roman Catholics are the next in the low 30's, In the South (Italian Speaking) It is basicially Roman Catholic (98-99%) In the east particulary Grison, St Moritz, St Gotthard, Santis and St Gallen, Protestant is the influence there. (Then in Grison is the Romansch/Helvetics) who could be considered calvinists.
In all Switzerland is made up of about even protestant-roman catholic population, roman-catholic probably is a little larger in practice then protestantism.
Calvinists, well thats like Switzerland's little own relgion you could say, When you come to Switzerland you will notice that it's loosing existence, and your right, you will find most of the traditions and beliefs in the Geneve/Western part of Switzerland.