Calvin’s View of Life: The Meaning of All Existence to John Calvin

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in a picture, and the whole human race thereby invited and allured to acquire the knowledge of God – and, in consequence of this knowledge, true and complete felicity."4 

On the science of chronology, Calvin is of the opinion that "nothing is more natural than for spring, in its turn, to succeed winter, summer spring, and autumn summer.   But in this series the variations are so great and so unequal – as to make it very apparent that every single year, month and day, is regulated by a new and special providence of God."5

On numbers and mathematics, Calvin believes that the superstitious Chaldeans "abused an honourable name when they called themselves mathematicians – as if there were no scientific learning separate from those arts and diabolic illusions!"6   In reality, however: "To investigate the motions of the heavenly bodies, to determine their positions, measure their distances and ascertain their properties – demands skill, and a more careful examination!"7