Or so it seems on the basis of Driscoll’s recent post on the differences between the New and Old Calvinism.Â (My, how pertinent the paleo/neo distinction has become.)Â
According to Driscoll, the differences between Calvinism 1.0 and 8.2Â are simple and short: 1) New Calvinism is missional; 2) it is urban; 3) it is charismatic; and 4) it is loving.Â Old Calvinism, accordingly, is not these things.Â (Do I feel loved?Â Not really, but it doesn’t matter since New Calvinists are loving.)Â
What Driscoll may not realize is that American Calvinists have been there and done that.Â They did so in the personÂ of Â A. B. Simpson, a Canadian Presbyterian who ministered in the PCUSA, established urban missions and a training school (Nyack) in New York City, and was open to the emerging (couldn’t resist) Pentecostal revival.Â Â The institutions Simpson founded, along withÂ his teaching, formedÂ the basis for the Christian and Missionary Alliance (1887).Â (Before Keller, there was Simpson.)
So whether Driscoll knows it, he has a denominational home.Â The upside is that Driscoll’s CalvinismÂ could develop intoÂ theÂ mature evangelical ProtestantismÂ of C&MA guru, A. W. Tozer, who could beÂ remarkably perceptive about worship.Â Â But just as likelyÂ the New CalvinismÂ will go in a diferent direction because folks like Tozer and the C&MA are not new or hip.