Emidio Campi

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Emidio Campi (born September 30, 1943 in Italy ) is an Italian-Swiss Protestant Reformed theologian, pastor, church historian , professor of church and dogma history from the Reformation period to the present day and director of the Institute for Swiss Reformation History at the University of Zurich . As a church historian, he is a specialist in the Reformation in Italy and Switzerland, and has researched and published on Johannes Calvin , Peter Martyr Vermigli , Huldrich Zwingli , Heinrich Bullinger and other reformers.


Campi studied from 1963 to 1968 at the Waldensian Theological Faculty in Rome . From 1968 to 1969 he studied theology and history at the University of Tübingen . In 1970 he received his master's degree in theology in Rome . 1970 to 1973 he completed his doctoral studies in theology and history in Tübingen and at the Evangelical Theological Comenius Faculty in Prague . 1974 to 1976 he was European secretary of the World Student Christian Federation in Geneva . 1976 received a doctorate in theology from the Comenius Faculty. 1977 to 1983 he was Secretary General of the World Student Christian Federation. From 1984 to 1988 he was pastor of the Waldensian Church in Florence . In addition, he taught as a visiting professor at the University of Ferrara from 1985 to 1986 and in Milan from 1987 to 1988 .

In 1989 he completed his habilitation in church history at the University of Zurich. From 1989 to 1995 he was a private lecturer in church history, and from 1996 to 1998 associate professor at the University of Zurich. From 1999 to 2009 he was full professor of church history and director of the Institute for the History of the Swiss Reformation. He retired on August 1, 2009, and since then has held shorter visiting professorships in Montreal , Beirut , Buenos Aires , Lincoln (Nebraska) , Grand Rapids , New York , Genoa , Modena and in Seoul .

Campi was co-editor of The Peter Martyr Library , the Reformed Confessions , Zwingliana , Reformation and Renaissance Review , Bollettino della Società di Studi Valdesi , Zurich contributions to the history of the Reformation , Giovanni Calvino opere scelte , Stati inu obstati: revija za vprasanja historical protestantizma Ljubljana , Reformed and Studies in Early Modern Religious Reforms .

Campi was and is a member of research committees such as Council member of Sixteenth Century Society and Conference (USA), Société de l'histoire du protestantisme français (Paris), Società di Studi Valdesi ( Torre Pellice ), Center for Renaissance Studies (University of Zurich), International Congress on Calvin Research , Société Européenne de Culture (Venice), Société Suisse de Théologie , Reformation Foundation (Zurich), Peter Martyr Vermigli Society , Center for Research on Religion (McGill University), Evangelical Church Regulations of the XVI. Century of the Heidelberg Academy of Sciences .


  • 2009 Honorary Doctorate from the Presbyterian College of McGill University in Montreal


Campi is married, he has four grown children and lives in Baden AG .

Publications (selection)



  • Movement and Persistence: Aspects of Reformed Protestantism, 1520–1650. Festschrift for Emidio Campi. Edited by Christian Moser, Peter J. Opitz u. a. Brill, Leiden 2009.

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Heinrich Bullinger as a theologian. In: Annex. Magazine of the Reformed Press, 20/2004, pp. 3–6 (archived in: Der Nachsteiger . Ecclesiastical Information Service of the Evangelical Reformed Church of the Canton of Zurich; PDF; 395 kB).
  2. ^ Emidio Campi. ( Memento of September 20, 2016 in the Internet Archive ) In: Website of the Fondazione Collegio San Carlo.
  3. The rehabilitation of Jan Hus would be indicated.