Calvinism was once virtually the American Faith. It came to New England with the Puritans, to New York with the Dutch Reformed, to Pennsylvania with the German Reformed. And wherever Scottish Presbyterians went in the U.S., predestination, 90-minute sermons, and the "Shorter Catechism" went with them.You can read the rest of the piece here. (Ten Ideas Changing the World) The story dovetails nicely into a lengthy piece I'm working on regarding the modern dominance of Southern culture. The image here is of the Presbyterian (& Calvinist) Reverend Samuel Davies. I've posted about this amazing man before.
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Is Calvinism's stern faith on its way back—as a reaction against the emotional confusions of war, inflation and the atomic age? Sure of it, Professor Clarence Bouma, of Michigan's Calvin Seminary, writes in the current Journal of Religion: ". . . The once dominant and self-confident liberalism speaks a different language today. Horton and Van Dusen, Tillich and Niebuhr, Fosdick and Morrison—it scarcely makes a difference to whom you turn. All speak in the same apologetic strain, even though a few try to cover their retreat. . . .
16 March 2009
Calvinism & The South
First of all - I'm not a Calvinist, my primary objection to America's founding religion being that of predestination. (Don't waste time posting about that objection.) However, there is no question that Calvinism had produced--and is still producing--some of Christendom's finest thinkers, writers, philosophers, and theologians. This flavor of Christianity had an enormous impact on our Nation's history--more profound and lasting in the South. That heritage continues in many ways; some seen, some unseen. Now comes Time Magazine with a piece saying that Calvinism is back as a dominating force in American culture. What does this mean for our future, politically and culturally?