John Calvin 's Philosophy On The Knowledge Of God

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Many arguments have been made throughout history about the knowledge of God. While some come and go, other arguments remain consistent and are agreed upon by many. One individual who proposed an argument on the knowledge of God is John Calvin. Calvin’s theology has transformed the Christian religion and has created a foundational view of the knowledge and sovereignty of God. One of Calvin’s famous books is the Institutes of the Christian Religion. Throughout this book Calvin uses nature and the assumption of humanities common sense to support his points. Though a few faulty arguments arise in his institutes, Calvin’s arguments remain strong to this day. Calvin argues that through the revelation of God, humanity receives the knowledge of God as Creator. After the fall, however, Scripture and the Holy Spirit work to authenticate and reaffirm the knowledge and revelation of God to humanity. One of Calvin’s main arguments in the Institutes of the Christian Religion is that God has “implanted in all men a certain understanding of his divine majesty.” In other words, God has inscribed in the hearts of all people a sense of deity. He claims that idolatry is proof that all of humanity seeks to worship something. Whether it is God or something else, all of humanity worships idols, therefore having a sense of deity or god in their life. In The Knowledge of God in Calvin’s Theology, Edward Dowey Jr. refers to Calvin as using “natural arguments”. He says, “Man first observes the
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