The New Calvinism

According to this Time Magazine article, a new wave of Calvinism is one of the “10 Ideas Changing the World Right Now”.

Although I reserve the right to deny this in the future, I would probably safely be labeled as one in the camp of this “new Calvinist” movement. David Van Biema, the article’s author, writes:

John Calvin’s 16th century reply to medieval Catholicism… is Evangelicalism’s latest success story, complete with an utterly sovereign and micromanaging deity, sinful and puny humanity, and the combination’s logical consequence, predestination: the belief that before time’s dawn, God decided whom he would save (or not), unaffected by any subsequent human action or decision.”

Intriguing. As the article continues, the author seems like he is not yet convinced that Calvinism is shaping the world in any meaningful way. Yet he is forced to conclude that should people continue to believe, it could be a force to be reckoned with. In increasingly uncertain times, a God who is all-knowing and completely in control seems more palatable. What will happen when the stock market climbs again?

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