"History," asserts Calvin, "is traced back through a long series of past ages…. Moses testifies…. He does not here put forward divinations of his own, but is the instrument of the Holy Spirit for the publication of those things which it was of importance for all men to know…. He does not transmit to memory things before unheard of, but…consigns to writing facts which the Fathers had delivered [principally in writing] from hand to hand to their children through a long succession of years….
"Can we conceive that man was so placed on the Earth as to be ignorant of his own origin, and of the origin of those things which he enjoyed? No sane person doubts that Adam was very well-instructed respecting them all." Thus Calvin.