Thursday, September 10, 2009

Calvinism and CT's Front Page

I really do know that not all Presbyterians are Calvinists -- but I am. I also know that Calvinism is the currently trendy flavor of choice amongst many Evangelical seminaries. Still, I was somewhat tickled to see a string of Calvin related stories on the Christianity Today RSS feed today.

I block copied this from CT's front page:

John Calvin: Comeback Kid
Why the 500-year-old Reformer retains an enthusiastic following today.

Also: The Reluctant Reformer
Also: Calvin's Biggest Mistake
Full Coverage: John Calvin

What Calvin Gets Right
Even those who vigorously disagree with the Reformer are still impressed.

Man of the Bible
Ben Witherington: When it comes to careful exegesis and consistent theological systems, Calvin set the bar high.

Theologian of the Spirit
Roger E. Olson: Calvin was no charismatic, but he was closer to it than some Reformed people readily admit.

A Common Hope
John Wilson: Much of 'Calvinism' is simply Christianity.

Do Not Despair; Do Not Presume
Mark Valeri reviews Peter J. Thuesen's Predestination: The American Career of a Contentious Doctrine.

So, yet another post in the ongoing celebration of John Calvin's birth.



Anonymous said...

This is good stuff...As a Presbyterian Pastor who grew up Roman Catholic, cut his teeth in Evangelical Arminianism, and then found a theological home as a Presbyterian Serminary student in Lousiville, I find it fascinating how evangelicals are flocking to Calvin when so many Presbyterians theologically disown him.

B-W said...

It IS the 500th anniversary of Calvin's birth. A focus on Calvin stuff right now is only to be expected.

B-W said...

I feel a little redundant now. Perhaps it would explain things if I explained that somehow read "tickled" as "ticked"?

Don't mind me, I just comment here. ;)

Viola Larson said...

Thank you for this posting this is good stuff. When going to do a workshop on new religions for Evangelical Ministries to New Religions (via train),I set for dinner with a Southern Baptist pastor and his wife. They informed me that the Southern Baptist Seminary in Louisville where the conference was being held was now totally Calvinist. And they also were and we had a wonderful conversation.

Also there is a movement among African American evangelical pastors and churches that is very reformed. See On being Black and Reformed by Anthony J. Carter and The Decline of African American Theology: from Biblical Faith to Cultural Captivity by Thabiti M. Anyabwile.

I find that Calvin shines when it comes not only to exegesis but also to pastoral care.

JusticeSeeker said...

Thanks for the kind words. It gets a little lonely posting here week after week and wondering if anyone cares. . .