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), and philosophy (does an internally coherent theological system— Calvinist, Arminian, or a mediating position—correspond to ultimate truth? ), and volumes can be written on each of these questions.Reformed theology in general as well as its particular view of divine election and salvation are within the pale of biblical orthodoxy.New Calvinism loves all Christians and builds bridges between them.Driscoll recognizes the existence of a small but loud bunch of “Cruel Calvinists,” and he admonishes “Christians in general, and Reformed Christians in particular,” to demonstrate “the kind of love and humility that our theology requires.” “Cruel, flame-thrown half-truths and misquotes between Christians,” he says, “do not speak well to the watching world of the love we are supposed to share.” Driscoll also admits that the New and Old Calvinist dichotomy is not entirely accurate, for the New Calvinists are only attempting to “speak the same truths in fresh and passionate ways,” which is something Calvinists of all generations had done, and the many great theologians of the past can be considered “Old New Calvinists.” CONCERNS ABOUT CALVINISM The resurgence of Calvinism does not please everyone.Many young evangelicals today are embracing Reformed theology, to the extent that Time magazine has ranked it number three on its list of ten ideas that are changing the world.
), theology (what do the Scriptures on the whole teach on the topic of divine sovereignty and human freedom?
YOUNG, RESTLESS, AND REFORMED Colin Hansen, an associate editor for , sent emails on sales for the five-volume set of Charles Spurgeon’s sermons, and declared intentions of studying at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (SBTS).
This observation inspired a near two-year investigation to confirm whether or not the resurgence of Calvinism extended beyond his Campus Crusade for Christ group at Northwestern State University.. The theological depth of Calvinist preachers, teachers, and theologians attracted Harris, which was something new to him, since the seeker-sensitive and charismatic churches he attended downplayed doctrine.
New Calvinism is missional and seeks to create and redeem culture. New Calvinism is continuationist and joyful in the presence and power of the Holy Spirit.
•Old Calvinism was fearful and suspicious of other Christians and burned bridges.