Here’s a few links to get you started as you consider the piece:
Its always exciting when Calvinism or Evangelicalism makes headline news in major publications like Time Magazine. But if you had asked me would “New Calvinism” be labeled 3rd in 10 ideas changing the world right now I’d have said no way there are so many more important ideas and issues shaping the global community. Of course no one can truly measure influence on a global scale and come out with an airtight estimate, and no doubt there are several other ideas that perhaps belong above all the others, but still its presence is compelling.
Did the author of the Time piece (David Van Biema) capture the essence of “New Calvinism?” Listen in for yourself;
Calvinism is back, and not just musically. John Calvin’s 16th century reply to medieval Catholicism’s buy-your-way-out-of-purgatory excesses 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.
Who does Van Biema pull out as the popular leaders of the “New Calvinist” charge, and what are their tools (bibles & blogs)?
Neo-Calvinist ministers and authors don’t operate quite on a Rick Warren scale. But, notes Ted Olsen, a managing editor at Christianity Today, “everyone knows where the energy and the passion are in the Evangelical world” — with the pioneering new-Calvinist John Piper of Minneapolis, Seattle’s pugnacious Mark Driscoll and Albert Mohler, head of the Southern Seminary of the huge Southern Baptist Convention. The Calvinist-flavored ESV Study Bible sold out its first printing, and Reformed blogs like Between Two Worlds are among cyber-Christendom’s hottest links.
What are your thoughts on the piece and on the “New Calvinists”:
- Did Van Biema describe “New Calvinists” fairly?
- Do you think the list of names and tools he choose are good depictions of the leading forces of “New Calvinists”? Would you add or subtract any of them?
- How would you describe the landscape of reformationally minded Christian communities today? Where would you place “New Calvinists”?
- Are you comfortable being called a “New Calvinist,” why or why not?