Pre-Confessions of a Closet Calvinist

Confession: I have always been a closet Calvinist (a theological system and an approach to the Christian life that emphasizes the rule of God over all things….ALL things).

It’s been an inner struggle forever! My (perceived) free will versus the sovereignty of an All Mighty God.

The collective cultural theological pendulum seems to swing between the two.

Is it swinging back to Calvinism? From an article in Time Magazine entitled “The New Calvinism”:

“The New Calvinism offers a rock-steady deity who orchestrates absolutely everything, including illness (or home foreclosure!), by a logic we may not understand but don’t have to second-guess. Our satisfaction — and our purpose — is fulfilled simply by “glorifying” him.

Ted Olsen, a managing editor at Christianity Today, was quoted recently – “everyone knows where the energy and the passion are in the Evangelical world” — with the pioneering new-Calvinist John Piper of Minneapolis, Seattle’s pugnacious Mark Driscoll and Albert Mohler, head of the Southern Seminary of the huge Southern Baptist Convention. The Calvinist-flavored ESV Study Bible sold out its first printing, and Reformed blogs like Between Two Worlds are among cyber-Christendom’s hottest links.”

Mohler? Head of the traditional conservative Southern Baptist Convention?

Mohler says, “The moment someone begins to define God’s [being or actions] biblically, that person is drawn to conclusions that are traditionally classified as Calvinist.”

Is it safe to come out yet?

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4 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by jerry on March 14, 2009 at 3:47 AM

    Interesting , are you swinging towards the five point or four point approach ?

  2. Posted by Jeff Stubbe on March 14, 2009 at 9:20 PM

    I’m lost…I thought Calvin was a cartoon with a sidekick named Hobbs.

  3. Posted by Esther on March 19, 2009 at 9:34 PM

    I’m with you Jeff. That is the only Calvin I know too. lol

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