Monday, April 25, 2005

The Truth About Calvin

A good response to the latest IMonk piece...

"(Calvinism) has come to mean one who believes in the five points of Calvinism so-called but we must remember that those five points were drawn up as a very specific apologetic response to Arminian concerns. They were never intended by their framers to be a replacement of the gospel or some sort of codification of it. What many 'Calvinists' miss today is the surrounding theological context which those five points are set in and what that overall context has to do with them specifically.

The theology and practice of John Calvin was so much more Christ-centered than the theology and practice of so-called Calvinism today in Baptist and other circles. Calvin carried with him an incarnational catholic theology that was not merely a way to explain how salvation happened--rather it was a faith that transformed everything it touched."

Amen and amen. Frankly, I think a lot of the fanatical (c)alvinists out there would have a heart attack if they really read some of Calvin's actual teachings - particularly on the Communion table. ;-}

(The guy who wrote the quote above has his own blog, which is now linked here.)

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