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What Calvin Says: The Knowledge of God, General Revelation, and Special Revelation

John Calvin begins his theological summa, the Institutes of The Christian Religion, as follows: "Nearly all the wisdom we possess, that is to say, true and sound wisdom, consists of two parts; the knowledge of God and of ourselves. But, while joined by many bonds, which one precedes and brings forth the other is not easy to discern" (I:1:1 ). He then goes on to say that without a knowledge of one's self, and his debased and needy state, there is no knowledge of God. But to know one's state (and the whole world in general), there must first be a knowledge of God (i.e., self-knowledge is derivative) (1:1:1-3). Is such knowledge possible? Yes, by divine self-revelation: general and special (1:2-12).