Saturday, January 10, 2009

Calvinism and the Press

Driscoll’s New Calvinism underscores a curious fact: the doctrine of total human depravity has always had a funny way of emboldening, rather than humbling, its adherents.

I write to draw attention to an article on Calvinism in the NY Times magazine. While the article fails to reflect Calvinism in it's classic form, it's still good to see Calvinism on the radar screen. What's most encouraging is how several articles now have pointed out how Calvinism is being enthusiastically embraced by young people and how the Calvinist's message is being offered in more popular user friendly forms. (One must wonder why the Times would run such an article, but as questions are raised as to the future of evangelicalism, Calvinism is certainly poised to have a prominent role and influence as it not only reflects the teaching of Scripture itself, but sets forth answers not only in regard to the weaknesses found in evangelicalism today, but in response to the issues the world continues to struggle with.)

For the author's information, human depravity BOTH humbles and emboldens the believer - humbling him he finds himself fully dependent upon but a recipient of God's great mercy, and yet at the same time emboldens him as he comes to understand the offer of the gospel is for all and that if he himself can be saved then others can as well!

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