Culture and Cosmos is a peer-reviewed academic journal in the history of astrology and cultural astronomy published in association with the Sophia Centre for the Study of Cosmology in Culture, School of Archaeology, History and Anthropology, University of Wales Trinity Saint David

Vol 18 no 2 (Autumn/Winter 2014 will be published in July/August 2016. Vol. 19 (2015) will be a double issue featuring the proceedings of the 2013 Sophia Centre conference on Celestial Magic and is scheduled for publication in September/October 2016. Vol. 20 (2016) will be a double issue featuring the proceedings of the 2014 Sophia Centre conference on the Marriage of Heaven and Earth.


Volume 18 - 2

Creation, Providence, and the Limits of Human Knowledge of the World: Mellin de Saint-Gelais and John Calvin on Astrology

Lindsay Starkey

Abstract

This paper examines John Calvin's (1509-1564) Advertissement contre l'astrologie judiciaire (1549) alongside Mellin de Saint-Gelais' (ca. 1490-1558) Advertissement sur les iugemens d'astrologie à une studieuse damoyselle (1546). Writing in the wake of the pressures that religious reformations had caused in France, both Calvin and Saint-Gelais assessed astrology based on assumptions from their common Christian heritage. For both, whether and how astrology was a valid pursuit depended on how God created the world, how he continued to relate to it through his providence, and the human ability to know the universe. Their diverse understandings of creation, providence, and the limits of human minds led them to judge the study of astrology differently. Analysing these themes in their works, this manuscript ultimately suggests that notions of creation, providence, and the boundaries of the human mind influenced sixteenth-century assessments of astrology and of the study of the universe more broadly as authors experienced the pressures of religious reformations on traditional Christian doctrines.

Citation
Lindsay Starkey, 'Creation, Providence, and the Limits of Human Knowledge of the World: Mellin de Saint-Gelais and John Calvin on Astrology', Culture and Cosmos, Vol. 18, no. 2, Spring/Summer 2014, pp. 41-70.

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