Arminius was still relatively young (in his early twenties) when he began to speak out against Calvinism. He was especially perturbed by the Calvinist views on predestination and grace. At that time he was at the Geneva Academy, where he was a student under Theodore Beza, who was Calvin’s successor at the school. Arminius chose to leave the school quietly, partly in response to the fact that the authorities in Geneva had become angry about his defense of Peter Ramus, who was a French humanist. He left Geneva for Basel. In Basel he was offered a doctorate degree, which he declined because he was still young (approximately mid-twenties) and did not want to bring dishonor to that prestigious title.