I've never considered myself a Calvinist, and I'm unable to accept the ultra-deterministic sense of Calvin that some preach (leading ironically to the claim that I must be predestined not to accept it??). But I've been drawn into the culture of the Christian Reformed folks in Grand Rapids, and I now attend a CRC church in South Bend, IN. So I'm trying to be more friendly to Calvin than I have been at some times in the past. To that end, here's an interesting video to watch this weekend.
Randall Zachman is Professor of Reformation Studies from the University of Notre Dame. He has written a number of books on Calvin, such as John Calvin as Teacher, Theologian, and Pastor (2006), Image and Word in the Theology of John Calvin (2009), and Reconsidering John Calvin (2012). In this 60 minute video he is speaking at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland as part of the Scientists in Congregations initiative. The title of his talk is “Why Should Free Scientific Inquiry Matter for Faith? A Lesson from History.” He shows how Calvin’s thought and work is highly conducive to the encouragement of the study of the natural world. Indeed Calvin makes the case that science is a Christian vocation.