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  Calvinism - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Calvinism is a system of Christian theology and an approach to Christian life and thought, articulated by John Calvin, a Protestant Reformer in the 16th century, and subsequently by successors, associates, followers and admirers of Calvin and his interpretation of Scripture.
Calvinism presupposes that the goodness and power of God have a free, unlimited range of activity, and this works out as a conviction that God is at work in all realms of existence, including the spiritual, physical, and intellectual realms, whether secular or sacred, public or private, on earth or in heaven.
The Barmen declaration is an expression of the Barthian reform of Calvinism.
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Calvin replies that in every age the elect constituted the flock of Christ, and all besides were strangers, though invested with dignity and offices in the visible communion.
At all events Calvin seems entangled in perplexities on the subject, for he declares expressly that the regenerate are "liable every moment at God's judgment-seat to sentence of death" (Instit., III, 2, 11); yet elsewhere he tempers his language with a "so to speak," and explains it as meaning that all human virtue is imperfect.
Calvin gives the old scholastic definition and agrees with Luther in commending their use, but he separates the visible element proffered to all from the grace which none save the elect may enjoy.
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 MSN Encarta - Calvinism
As did the German religious reformer Martin Luther, Calvin denied that human beings were capable of free will after the Fall of Adam, but he went farther than Luther in elaborating a doctrine of predestination—that certain persons are elected by God to salvation, while others are rejected by him and consigned to eternal damnation.
Calvin also shared Luther's belief in the Bible as the unique rule for the life of faith, but differed from his fellow reformer in defending the subjugation of the state to the church and in his interpretation of the Eucharist.
Many of the tenets of Calvinism have had profound social implications—in particular, that thrift, industry, and hard work are forms of moral virtue and that business success is an evidence of God's grace.
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 Reformation: John Calvin
Calvin's commentaries are almost endless, but within these commentaries he developed all the central principles of Calvinism in his strict readings of the Old and New Testaments.
Calvin wrote commentaries to ostensibly explain scriptural writings, but in reality he, like theologians before him, used the commentaries to argue for his own theology as he believed was present in scriptural writings.
Calvin, on the other hand, built his reformed church on the concept that salvation was not a choice, but was rather pre-decided by God from the beginning of time.
www.wsu.edu /~dee/REFORM/CALVIN.HTM   (1236 words)

 Calvinism: An Essay, Patrick Hues Mell - The Reformed Reader
And this, in a nut-shell, is the doctrine of Calvinism.
Calvinism tells him, that not deeds, and feelings, and frames, but Christ, is his Savior; that, at this point, there is nothing for him to do, but to believe in Jesus.
Under the influence, though, of the Calvinism they preach these utterances have become a dead letter; for their intelligent advocates explain them away, and indignantly deny, that in their practice they are influenced by any such unscriptural and inconsistent dogma.
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 Calvinism   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-20)
For the roots of Calvinism are planted in a specific religious attitude, out of which is unfolded first a particular theology, from which springs on the one hand a special church organization, and on the other a social order, involving a given political arrangement.
Calvinism is not a specific variety of theism, religion, evangelicalism, set over against other specific varieties, which along with it constitute these several genera, and which possess equal rights of existence with it and make similar claims to perfection, each after its own kind.
Calvinism would not be badly defined, indeed, as the tendency which is determined to do justice to the immediately supernatural, as in the first, so also in the second creation.
www.salemreformed.org /Calvinism.html   (2842 words)

 Calvinism : Calvinist
Calvinism is named after John Calvin, who exerted international influence on the development of the doctrine of the Protestant Reformation, beginning at the age of 25, when he started work on his first edition of the Institutes of the Christian Religion[?] in 1534 (published 1536).
Calvinism is the presupposition that the goodness and power of God have a free, unlimited range of activity -- it is the conviction that God is at work in all realms of existence, including the spiritual, physical, intellectual realms, whether secular or sacred, public or private, in earth or in heaven.
Calvinism is often identified in the popular mind, with the "five points of the doctrines of grace", remembered by the English acronym: TULIP.
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 Calvinism - Theopedia
Calvinism is named after 16th century Reformer, John Calvin whose overall theology is contained in his Institutes of the Christian Religion (1559).
Sometimes Calvinism is referred to by other names such as "Augustinianism" because Calvin basically followed Augustine (A.D. 354-430) in areas of predestination and the sovereignty of God.
In a broad sense, Calvinism can be virtually synonymous with "Reformed Protestantism", encompassing the whole body of doctrine taught by Reformed churches and represented in various Reformed Confessions such as the Belgic Confession of Faith (1561) and the Westminster Confession of Faith (1647).
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 Calvinism. The Columbia Encyclopedia, Sixth Edition. 2001-05
Early Calvinism differed from Lutheranism in its rejection of consubstantiation regarding the sacrament of the Lord’s Supper, in its rigid doctrine of predestination, in its notion of grace as irresistible, and in its theocratic view of the state.
Calvinism, stressing the absolute sovereignty of God’s will, held that only those whom God specifically elects are saved, that this election is irresistible, and that individuals can do nothing to effect this salvation.
Calvinism challenged Lutheranism throughout Europe, spread to Scotland, influenced the Puritans of England, and received its expression in the United States in the modified New England theology of the elder Jonathan Edwards.
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 The Fundamental Principle of Calvinism
It was the century of Raphael and Michelangelo, of Spenser and Shakespeare, of Erasmus and Rabelais, of Copernicus and Galileo, of Luther and Calvin.
Calvinism is not the mere aggregate of opinions, the sum total of ideas, held by Calvin and Calvinists, but it is an organic whole with one fundamental principle as the common root.
Calvinism does not restrict itself to theology; but it is an all-comprehensive system of thought, including within its scope views on politics, society, science, and art as well as theology.
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 Calvinism in New England
Calvin broke decisively with this approach in claiming that knowledge of God is so interrelated with knowledge of ourselves that the one cannot be had without the other.
The concern of the church is the spiritual realm, the life of the inner man; the concern of the state is the temporal realm, the regulation of external conduct.
Calvinism is a system of theological thought found in the doctrinal expressions of the Reformed and Presbyterian churches, from Calvin's Institutes of the Christian Religion.
www.wsu.edu /~campbelld/amlit/calvin.htm   (768 words)

A Dakin, Calvinism (1940); J H Leith, Introduction to the Reformed Tradition (1977); J T McNeill, The History and Character of Calvinism, (1967); M Prestwich, ed., International Calvinism (1985); B B Warfield, Calvin and Calvinism (1931); M Weber, The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism (1950).
In a strict sense Calvin was primarily a biblical theologian.
Calvin's influence has by no means been limited to the theological sphere, however, for the implications of his beliefs even in his own day had a wide influence in other areas of thought.
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 Calvinism: A Christian belief system about salvation
It is a series of theological beliefs first promoted by John Calvin (1509-1564), one of the leaders of the Protestant reformation.
Supporters of Calvinism believe that individuals are sent to Hell because of their beliefs: i.e.
Calvinism asserts that God does not select some people to be the elect on the basis of any virtuous quality or positive act.
www.religioustolerance.org /calvinism.htm   (1563 words)

 The Five Points of Calvinism, TULIP
Calvinism is a system of biblical interpretation taught by John Calvin.
Calvin lived in France in the 1500's at the time of Martin Luther who sparked the Reformation.
Calvinism also maintains that because of our s fallen nature we are born again not by our own will but God’s will (John 1:12-13); God grants that we believe (Phil.
www.mslick.com /tulip.htm   (665 words)

 Calvinism   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-20)
Calvin's theology was similar to Luther's, yet the two diverge on the main thrust of Calvinism: predestination.
Calvin held strongly to the belief that God had already determined who was and who was not going to be saved, that all things are under the direct control of God-man does not have free will per se, since he "fell" into sin.
Calvinism was soon carried to other countries: John Knox, from Scotland, lived in Geneva for awhile in the 1550s and carried Calvinism back to Scotland; by 1560, the Presbyterian church had been formed as a result and became the national church of Scotland.
www.deusvitae.com /faith/denominations/calvinism.html   (5313 words)

 Only Wonder Understands » Blog Archive » Emergent, Methodism & Calvinism
Calvinism has been perhaps the primary theology of the American evangelical world, going back to Charles Finney, who was a radical proponent of Calvinist thought.
Yet folks that were part of the Wesleyan tradition have generally eschewed Calvinism, favoring a theological structure appropriated by John Wesley from Arminius.
The only association I see between the EC and Calvinism is that Calvinists (right or wrong) are zealous toward systematic theology while the EC appears to have something of an allergy to dogma and certainty.
onlywonder.com /wordpress/index.php/2005/11/27/emergent-methodism-calvinism   (1015 words)

Calvinism, or the belief in election, is not simply blasphemy, but the superfeatation of blasphemy.
Calvinism is, in many of its facets, a human philosophical system.
Calvinism is not accidentally but essentially immoral, since it makes the distinction between right and wrong a matter of positive enactment, and thereby makes it possible to assert that what is immoral of man is moral for God, because He is above morality.
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 A Defense of Calvinism as the Gospel
Calvin was a Frenchman, born in 1509 and died at 55 in 1564, who lived during the Reformation of the Church, a contemporary of Martin Luther.
Calvinism imparts to all true believers the inestimably precious comfort of the 'certain persuasion, that they ever will continue true and living members of the church; and that they experience forgiveness of sins, and will at last inherit eternal life' (Canons of Dordt, V,9).
Calvin's enemies have always seen this and have sneered at him as 'that God-intoxicated man.' Calvinism gives the magnificent answer to the question, 'What is the chief end of man?': 'Man's chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy him for ever.' (Westminster Shorter Catechism, Quest.
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 Calvinism on Encyclopedia.com   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-20)
Baptists and "Calvinism": discerning the shape of the question: Baptists and "Calvinism" is an important topic.
The influence of Calvinism on seventeenth-century English Baptists: theological labels need to be treated with care, for they are not, and cannot be, representative of fixed systems, totally resistant to reinterpretation according to changing context, be this temporal, geographical, or political.
The influence of Calvinism on colonial Baptists: an ongoing argument emerging in the past decades of Baptist life revolves around the theological origins of early Baptists generally, specifically in America, and the role that Calvinist theology played in Baptist development.
www.encyclopedia.com /html/c/calvinism.asp   (629 words)

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