Maybe you share this sentiment of Calvinism:

Calvinism has established a foothold on theology, and therefore in actuality become the plague and scourge of the Church. . . . The salient determinant [for Vance’s writing] is the tremendous damgaing nature of the Calvinistic system. Nothing will deaden a church or put a young man out of the ministry any more than an adherence to Calvinism. Nothing will foster pride and indifference as will affection for Calvinism. Nothing will destroy holiness and spirituality as an attachment to Calvinism. There is no greater violation of every hermeneutical, contextual, analytical, and exegetical interpretation of Scripture than Calvinism.

— Lawrence M. Vance, “The Other Side of Calvinism,” vii-viii cited by Charles Partee, “The Theology of John Calvin,” 7

I once read a book by Stephen Strehle entitled: The Catholic Roots of the Protestant Gospel: Encounter Between the Middle Ages and the Reformation; I think there should be a book written and entitled: The Calvinist Roots of the Protestant Gospel: Encounter Between the Reformation and the Modern. The point is, is that Vance’s vitriol is simply typical of a naive notion that there is not categorical conceptual continuity between ‘yesterday’ and ‘today’. I am willing to bet that Vance’s ideas on salvation, Christ, God, etc. are very much so informed by a complex of ideas that find at least some of their shape from the ‘Calvinist’ perspective — for good or ill — this is to say nothing of Calvin, himself, per se.

Beyond this, maybe the sentiment by Vance characterizes your own perceptions about ‘Calvinism.’ As this blog intends to show, though, Calvinism should actually be understood to be CalvinismS; Calvinism is not a monolith, historically, that is. Anyway, I just thought this quote was curious, and indeed captures much of the sentiment upon Calvinism, even today — most popular captured by Dave Hunt’s “What Love is This?”, which Partee moves onto to deconstruct in the next couple of paragraphs in his book.

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