Category Archives: Neo-Calvinism

Anachronistic Calvinism


James Bratt may think that historians of Calvinism need to explore the ways that this form of Protestantism interacted with or even shaped the forces of modernity, but scholars who study early modern Europe have moved on from the Calvinist exceptionalism that goes with neo-Calvinism: . . . the essential historical importance of the story… Read More→

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If You Think The Next World Is Going Look Like This One


Consider what Paul does to the reasonable expectations of Jewish believers who thought that politics, culture, and family mattered: Tell me, you who desire to be under the law, do you not listen to the law? 22 For it is written that Abraham had two sons, one by a slave woman and one by a… Read More→

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Texts Neo-Calvinists Won’t Preach?


We have already considered hymns that don’t square with the thisworldliness of transformationalism, now a few teachings from Christ himself. First, one that you would think would give urbanphiles pause: “Lay not up for yourselves treasures on the earth, where rust and the moth consume, where theives break through and steal. But lay up for… Read More→

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Neo-Calvinists, New Calvinists, and Roman Catholics Together?


Both have trouble thinking about Christianity apart from culture. Drawing together this vision of Scripture we see that God intends us to have dominion over the earth and the rest of creation – which means we must care for it and shape it. This is the foundation of culture, rooted in the land, which we… Read More→

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Did Jesus Die So We Could Eat German Chocolate Cake?


Do the every-square-inchers ever worry that making the gospel relevant to all of life may wind up depriving Christ’s work of its true significance? Bethany Jenkins is starting a series on the theology of dessert for the allies of the gospel (thanks to our southern correspondent). Weight gain is certainly a new way to put… Read More→

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Without 2k, Thomas Sowell becomes an Orthodox Reformed Protestant


Celebrants of America’s Christian founding take note. Our Protestant Rabbi interlocutor sometime back came to the defense of Bill Evans’ critique of 2k. I understand in part the frustration with 2k for folks like Rabbi Bret because it denies the certainty that supposedly comes with finding the solutions to social woes in Scripture, which in… Read More→

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Religious Tests for Having an Opinion


This piece reminded me of a thought I have had for a long time. It first came to me when studying neo-Calvinism and the demands of w-w thinking. But it continued to haunt me when dealing with the logician-paradigmatists over at Deduced Into Church. The thought is that Christian “conservatives” insist that philosophy precedes religion,… Read More→

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Persuasion by Innuendo


Bill Evans is baaaaaaaaaack with another dismissive post about 2k. I am not sure why he grinds this ax, though I have ideas. Also, I detect another attempt to tarnish 2kers with unmentioned and unmentionable implications of their position — the guilt by association technique: We will cheerfully admit that 2K advocates have some legitimate… Read More→

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If Christian America is a Problem, Why not Christian Scholarship?


Tracy McKenzie makes sense in his build up to criticism of David Barton: . . . when the debate that we’re drawn into concerns the nature of the religious beliefs of the nation’s founders, there is something more important at stake than historical accuracy or our personal character. In assessing whether our nation’s founders were… Read More→

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