Here is a educational piece on Calvin's theology of predestination. I found this on an interesting blog, Why Won't God Heal Amputees?
Five hundred years. Wow. That is a long time. I wonder what medicine was like 500 years ago? Or physics? Psychology? I guess that wasn't invented yet. Geology? Biology? A lot has changed all right.
Religion? Oh, we are pretty much at the same place now as we were then.