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  • Why Did God Kill Onan? Luther, Calvin, Wesley, C.S. Lewis, & Others on Contraception

    10/26/2014 8:08:35 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 184 replies
    Biblical Evidence for Catholicism ^ | Monday, February 09, 2004 | Dave Armstrong
    Why Did God Kill Onan? Luther, Calvin, Wesley, C.S. Lewis, & Others on Contraception Genesis 38:9-10: “But Onan knew that the offspring would not be his; so when he went in to his brother’s wife he spilled the semen on the ground, lest he should give offspring to his brother. 10 And what he did was displeasing in the sight of the Lord, and he slew him also.” It is an historical fact that no Christian communion sanctioned contraception until the Anglican Lambeth Conference in 1930. Protestant historian Roland Bainton states casually that the Church “very early forbade contraception”...
  • Protecting Gods Word From Bible Christians

    10/03/2014 2:33:43 PM PDT · by NYer · 1,085 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | October 3, 2014 | RICHARD BECKER
    “Stand firm and hold fast to the traditions that you were taught, either by an oral statement or by a letter of ours.” ~ St. Paul to the ThessaloniansA former student of mine is thinking of becoming a Catholic, and she had a question for me. “I don’t understand the deuterocanonical books,” she ventured. “If the Catholic faith is supposed to be a fulfillment of the Jewish faith, why do Catholics accept those books and the Jews don’t?” She’d done her homework, and was troubled that the seven books and other writings of the deuterocanon had been preserved only...
  • The Trouble With Calvin Pt. 3 [Limited Atonement]

    08/03/2014 2:21:44 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 16 replies
    Tim Staples' Blog ^ | May 24, 2014 | Tim Staples
    The Trouble With Calvin – Pt. 3 In my last two blog posts, we examined the first two of the “five points” of Calvinism popularly known by the acronym, TULIP, which represents 1. Total Depravity 2. Unconditional Election 3. Limited Atonement 4. Irresistible Grace 5. Perseverance of the Saints (“once saved, always saved”). In this post, we will tackle the third point:Limited AtonementNo Christian that I know of would deny that some doctrines are more or less clear than others in Scripture. When it comes to the atonement of Christ, the Scriptures are most clear: Jesus Christ died on the...
  • The Trouble With Calvin Pt. 2 [Unconditional Election]

    07/06/2014 3:44:34 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 17 replies
    Tim Staples' Blog ^ | May 19, 2014 | Tim Staples
    The Trouble With Calvin – Pt. 2 In my last post, I began a series of critiques of John Calvin’s famous “five points,” most often referred to using the acronym, TULIP, which represents Total Depravity, Unconditional Election, Limited Atonement, Irresistibility of Grace, and The Perseverance of the Saints (“once saved, always saved”). In this installment, we’ll deal with Unconditional Election.Calvin’s idea of Unconditional Election simply means that God “elected” certain men for salvation and others for damnation from all eternity, rooted in texts of Scripture, as we will see below, like Romans 9:10-12:And not only so, but also when Rebecca had conceived...
  • Ever Wished That Calvin and Hobbes Creator Bill Watterson Would Return to the Comics Page?

    06/08/2014 12:08:10 PM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 30 replies
    Pearls Before Swine ^ | 7JUN2014 | Stephan Pastis
    Bill Watterson is the Bigfoot of cartooning. He is legendary. He is reclusive. And like Bigfoot, there is really only one photo of him in existence. Few in the cartooning world have ever spoken to him. Even fewer have ever met him. In fact, legend has it that when Steven Spielberg called to see if he wanted to make a movie, Bill wouldnt even take the call. So it was with little hope of success that I set out to try and meet him last April. I was traveling through Cleveland on a book tour, and I knew that he...
  • Calvin, Aquinas and a Whopper with Cheese "Be Your Way!"

    06/07/2014 7:43:18 AM PDT · by ReformationFan · 12 replies
    The Aquila Report ^ | 6-7-14 | Jim Tonkowich
    Calvin, Aquinas and a Whopper with Cheese "Be Your Way!" The new slogan sums up the philosophy that drives our public debate on morality Have It Your Way! Youve heard it thousands of times. Thats because Burger King has been drumming it into our heads for forty years. But youre not going to hear it any more. Burger King no longer wants you to Have It Your Way! Thats not good enough for you. From now on, Be Your Way! According to Associated Press, Burger King wants to communicate that customers, can and should live how they want anytime. Its...
  • 9 Things You Should Know About John Calvin

    05/28/2014 7:41:25 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 155 replies
    The Gospel Coalition ^ | 5-28-14 | Joe Carter
    Yesterday marked the 450th anniversary of the death of John Calvin. Here are nine things you should know about the French theologian and Reformer. 1. From an early age, Calvin was a precocious student who excelled at Latin and philosophy. He was prepared to go to study of theology in Paris, when his father decided he should become a lawyer. Calvin spend half a decade at the University of Orleans studying law, a subject he did not love. 2. Calvin wrote his magnum opus, The Institutes of the Christian Religion, at the age of 27 (though he updated the work...
  • Calvin H. Johnsons attack upon the apportionment of direct taxes

    05/11/2014 6:09:10 PM PDT · by JOHN W K · 22 replies
    5/11/14 | johnwk
    SEE: Purging Out Pollock: The Constitutionality of Federal Wealth or Sales Tax By Calvin H. Johnson I have studied the above cited article and was astounded that one article could have so many misrepresentations and inaccurate conclusions which were apparently concocted in the authors mind to promote a tax scheme contrary to the true intentions and beliefs under which our Constitutions original tax plan was agreed to. Calvin writes:The apportionment clauses of the Constitution say that federal "direct taxes" must be apportioned among the states according to their population Apportionment according to population is a hobbling requirement, somewhere between...
  • The Trouble With Calvin Pt. 1 [Total Depravity]

    05/03/2014 7:07:17 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 160 replies
    Tim Staples' Blog ^ | May 1, 2014 | Tim Staples
    The Trouble With Calvin – Pt. 1 Over my next five blog posts, I am going to critique the famous “five points” of Calvinist theology: 1. Total Depravity 2. Unconditional Election 3. Limited Atonement 4. Irresistibility of Grace 5. Perseverance of the Saints (“Once Saved, Always Saved”).Pt. 1 – Total DepravityIn John Calvin’s magnum opus, The Institutes of the Christian Religion, Calvin presents a view of man that is very much like Luther’s, but contrary to what we find in the pages of Sacred Scripture. Calvin used texts like Gen.6:5,The Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great...
  • Blogging The Institutes, Blog 2: Preface 1-2

    03/26/2014 5:51:31 PM PDT · by Gamecock · 2 replies
    Reformation 21 ^ | January 6, 2009 | Derek Thomas
    Although the Institutes itself grew five-fold from its first to the fifth edition, the contents of the Preface written to King Francis I remained largely the same. Precedent for publishing an introductory theological essay to the King had been set by both Guillaume Farel and Huldrych Zwingli in 1525. Thus, in 1536, at the occasion of the first edition of the Institutes, Calvin wrote what was in effect a letter (a "Prefatory Address") to the King, which was included in all succeeding editions, both Latin and French. Though minor changes were made, reflecting historical developments in the 1550s in France...
  • Blogging The Institutes, Blog 1.

    03/25/2014 3:35:10 PM PDT · by Gamecock · 1 replies
    Reformation 21 ^ | January 5, 2009 | Derek Thomas
    The Institutes begins with an introductory, "To the Reader" making references to the unexpected "success" of "the first edition" (1536), the "summary" nature of its contents, the publication of further editions (in Latin: 1539, 1543, 1550 and 1559; and in French: 1541 and 1560), and the hope that in this (1559) edition he has "provided something that all of you will approve," written in the winter of 1558 when in the grip of a fever which he believed threatened his life and a rumor that he had defected "to the papacy." His aim throughout, he tells us, is "to benefit...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: REFORMATION DOGMA, 01-20-14

    01/20/2014 7:51:14 AM PST · by Salvation · 8 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 01-20-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:REFORMATION DOGMAThe dogmatic teaching of the original Protestant reformers. They were constrained by the logic of separating from Rome to defend their new doctrinal positions. Thus we find Luther writing numerous treatises on faith, grace, and justification, and John Calvin (1509-64) producing in 1536 his Institutes of the Christian Religion, as the first systematic compendium of Protestant doctrine. "My design in this work," wrote Calvin in the introduction, "has been to prepare and qualify students of theology for the reading of the divine word." The beginnings of the Reformation were thoroughly dogmatic in character. The...
  • The "Catholic" John Calvin: 50 Areas Where His Views Are Harmonious With Catholic Teaching

    01/10/2014 6:13:05 AM PST · by GonzoII · 8 replies
    Biblical Evidence for Catholicism ^ | Thursday, March 18, 2010 | Dave Armstrong
    Thursday, March 18, 2010 The "Catholic" John Calvin: 50 Areas Where His Views Are Harmonious With Catholic Teaching The Young Calvin, by Oliver Crisp [ source ] All sources with Roman numerals (example: IV, 4:20) are from The Institutes of the Christian Religion (translated by Henry Beveridge for the Calvin Translation Society in 1845, from the 1559 edition in Latin; reprinted by Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.: Grand Rapids, Michigan, 1995): available online. Note: I don't intend to imply that Calvin agrees with Catholics in every jot and tittle of all the following categories. What is agreed-upon is what...
  • The Journey Home - 2013-12-9 - Jason Stellman - Former Presbyterian (You Tube]

    12/15/2013 3:45:29 AM PST · by GonzoII · 17 replies
    You Tube ^ | Published on Dec 12, 2013 | EWTN via You Tube
    Guest Jason Stellman, a former Presbyterian minister, tells Marcus what convinced him that the Catholic Church is the true Church.
  • The EITHER/OR of "It's EITHER Calvinism OR Arminianism" has proven useless

    12/12/2013 2:20:13 PM PST · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 24 replies
    12/12/2013 | Laissez-Faire Capitalist
    Did God provide for the salvation of sinners that he chose to be saved, or did God provide a way of salvation and then it is up to sinners to choose it? Wrong question that has been asked... The question that SHOULD be asked: Did God know which choice we would make (as to salvation) when He created this universe and bring into existence that choice to be saved, or did He bring into existence His choice for whom He would save when He brought this universe into existence? Is the ultimate, final answer to this either/or, neither/nor, or both/and?...
  • The Fallible Prophets of New Calvinism (new book)

    11/25/2013 9:44:04 AM PST · by fishtank · 26 replies
    The Armoury ^ | Nov. 14, 2013 | Michael John Beasley
    Thursday, November 14, 2013 The Fallible Prophets of New Calvinism by Michael John Beasley From the website: This book examines Dr. Wayne Grudem's controversial teaching on fallible prophecy in view of various lexical, exegetical, and historical points of analysis. It also addresses the teaching's popularity and continuing advancement through many charismatics within the "New Calvinism" movement. The doctrine of fallible prophecy is neither benign nor harmless, rather it constitutes a troubling strange fire for the body of Christ and continues to spread through the advocacy of popular continuationists like Wayne Grudem, D.A. Carson, John Piper, and Mark Driscoll: 1. Chapter...
  • TULIP and Protestants

    10/23/2013 2:15:37 AM PDT · by matthewrobertolson · 9 replies
    Answering Protestants ^ | 23 October 2013 | Matthew Olson
    (This is the second part of my series on TULIP. The first part, based on the writings of the Church Fathers, is available here.) Calvinists often claim that "T.U.L.I.P." -- an acronym that summarizes their core beliefs -- has been supported by many of the great historical Protestant leaders, but below are some quotes that seem to disprove this assertion. This list is not comprehensive. Total Depravity - "..as a consequence of the Fall of man, every person born into the world is morally corrupt, enslaved to sin and is, apart from the grace of God, utterly unable to choose...
  • Consider the Calvinists, What They Know

    10/02/2013 9:44:27 PM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 42 replies
    First Things ^ | 10/1/2013 | B. D. McClay
    Calvinists get a bad rap, but how many of the critics really understand him? James R. Rogers points out how few of us read the Institutes or bother to think seriously about Calvin in today’s On the Square. Instead, we rely on easy stereotypes: Some of the answer certainly derives from misunderstandings of Calvinism. I recall in elementary school my teacher instructing the class that when the Puritans sailed to America on ships, if someone fell off the ship into the water, the others would not attempt to save him, because they believed that God had predestined that person to...
  • Handling Scripture Like John Calvin

    10/01/2013 12:44:31 PM PDT · by Gamecock · 74 replies
    The Resurgence ^ | Elliot Ritzema
    Calvin placed preaching the Scripture squarely at the center of the church. In his words, Wherever we see the Word of God purely preached and heard, and the sacraments administered according to the institution of Christ; there, it is not to be doubted, is a church of God. Out of his many writings on Scripture, a few choice quotes remind us how to handle Gods written Word properlyand why its important to do so. 1. Scripture should be treated with reverence. We owe to the Scripture the same reverence that we owe to God; because it has proceeded from him...
  • 10 Reasons Why We Should Sing the Psalms

    07/15/2013 5:03:05 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 24 replies
    The Christian Post ^ | 7-15-13 | Uri Brito
    Many of us grew up in theological backgrounds where the psalms were known, but not sung. These theological backgrounds are anomalies throughout the history of the Church. E.F. Harrison observed that "Psalmody was a part of the synagogue service that naturally passed over into the life of the church." Calvin Stapert speaks of the fathers' "enthusiastic promotion of psalm-singing" which he says, "reached an unprecedented peak in the fourth century." James McKinnon speaks of "an unprecedented wave of enthusiasm" for the psalms in the second half of the fourth century. Hughes Oliphint Old argued that Calvin appealed to the church...
  • 9 Things You Should Know about John Calvin

    07/10/2013 9:14:33 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 18 replies
    The Gospel Coalition ^ | 7-10-13 | Joe Carter
    Today is the 504th anniversary of the birth of John Calvin (July 10, 1509). Here are nine things you should know about the French theologian and Reformer.
  • A photo response to those who say God loves everyone and has a wonderful plan for their lives...

    03/18/2013 12:23:39 PM PDT · by darrellmaurina · 85 replies
    The Bible ^ | Paul the Apostle
    Romans 9:15-24 15 For he saith to Moses, I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion. 16 So then it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that sheweth mercy. 17 For the scripture saith unto Pharaoh, Even for this same purpose have I raised thee up, that I might shew my power in thee, and that my name might be declared throughout all the earth. 18 Therefore hath he mercy on whom he will have mercy, and whom...
  • Hobbes and Bacon is a Calvin and Hobbes tribute that takes place 26 years later

    09/18/2012 7:37:26 PM PDT · by grundle · 78 replies
    wordpress ^ | September 18, 2012 | Dan from Squirrel Hill
    Dan from Squirrel Hill's Blog “Hobbes and Bacon” is a “Calvin and Hobbes” tribute that takes place 26 years later “Hobbes and Bacon” is a “Calvin and Hobbes” tribute that takes place 26 years later. I had nothing to with creating these cartoons – I am merely posting them here so that you can see them. There are four – and only four – but that’s enough to get the message across. You can see larger versions of the images by clicking twice on each image:Part 1: http://www.pantsareoverrated.com/archive/2011/05/10/hobbes-and-bacon/Part 2: http://www.pantsareoverrated.com/archive/2011/05/12/hobbes-and-bacon-002/Part 3: http://www.pantsareoverrated.com/archive/2011/10/11/hobbes-and-bacon-03-2/Part 4: http://www.pantsareoverrated.com/archive/2011/10/13/hobbes-and-bacon-04-2/
  • John Calvin was Americas Founding Father [Presbyterian Rebellion Day]

    07/04/2012 7:38:25 PM PDT · by Gamecock · 158 replies
    More than a thousand attendees are expected to gather for a four-day conference to celebrate John Calvin's 500th birthday, reports Michael Ireland, chief correspondent, ASSIST News Service. As America prepares to celebrate Independence Day this July 4, Vision Forum Ministries will be hosting the national celebration to honor the 500th birthday of John Calvin, a man who many scholars recognize as America's "Founding Father." The event -- The Reformation 500 Celebration -- will take place July 1-4 at the Park Plaza Hotel in downtown Boston, according to a media release about the event. "Long before America declared its independence, John...
  • Heidelberg Catechism Lords Day One Q/A 1, clause 1

    01/30/2012 12:23:48 PM PST · by darrellmaurina · 3 replies
    Heidelberg Catechism Q&A 1 ^ | 1/30/2012 | Darrell Todd Maurina
    Q1: What is your only comfort in life and in death? A1: That I am not my own
  • How Calvinists Spread Holiday Cheer

    11/18/2011 6:13:09 AM PST · by Alex Murphy · 262 replies
    WSJ ^ | November 18, 2011 | Aaron Belz
    Next Thursday, as the rest of us tuck into our turkey feasts, hundreds of needy families in Southern California will open "Boxes of Love." Delivered by several churches led by Pacific Crossroads in Santa Monica, Calif., the boxes contain ingredients for a Thanksgiving meal for six. They allow impoverished families to skip food lines and neighborhood pantries and enjoy the holiday in their own homes. What's unusual about the Pacific Crossroads congregationand what underpins efforts such as Boxes of Loveis its theologically conservative raison d'tre. A member church of the Presbyterian Church in America, Pacific Crossroads is committed to Reformation...
  • Children of the Reformation: A Short & Surprising History of Protestantism & Contraception

    11/13/2011 12:39:39 PM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 42 replies
    Free Dominion / Pincipled Conservative ^ | May 2007 | Allan Carlson
    It is a reckless analyst who risks reopening sixteenth-century disputes between Roman Catholics and the Protestant Reformers. I do so in the interest of a greater good, but my purpose is not to say who was right or who was wrong. I would simply like to explore why the Protestant churches maintained unity with the Catholic Church on the contraception question for four centuries, only to abandon this unity during the first half of the twentieth century. I write as a historian, not an advocate. (I am a cradle Lutheran.) Orders & Disorders To understand the change in Protestant thought...
  • The Washington Post on the evil of contraception

    10/23/2010 1:50:52 PM PDT · by Brian Kopp DPM · 196 replies · 1+ views
    The Washington Post | March 22, 1931 | Editors
    Until the Anglican Lambeth Conference of 1930 no Christian denomination had ever said that contraception could ever be objectively right. The Washington Post, in an editorial on March 22, 1931, said of the Federal Council of Churches' endorsement of Lambeth: It is impossible to reconcile the doctrine of the divine institution of marriage with any modernistic plan for the mechanical regulation of or suppression of human life. The Church must either reject the plain teachings of the Bible or reject schemes for the scientific production of human souls. Carried to its logical conclusion, the committees report, if carried into...
  • Vatican newspaper praises French Protestant John Calvin

    07/03/2009 12:30:14 PM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 16 replies · 543+ views
    Google News ^ | 7/3/2009
    VATICAN CITY (AFP) The Vatican newspaper Friday praised influential French Protestant John Calvin, a critic of the Roman Catholic Church, hailing him an "extraordinary" figure. The Osservatore Romano, on the 500th anniversary of Calvin's birth, said it recognised the theologian as a Christian who had a major impact on European life. "Considering the strength of arguments against him, we think it necessary to point out that Calvin is a Christian," the daily paper said of the man who played a major role in the Protestant Reformation of the 16th century. The paper ranked Calvin alongside 18th century French philosopher...
  • Netherlands: Islamic Artwork Called John 'Calvin's Mecca' ...

    01/27/2011 10:39:23 PM PST · by Cronos · 5 replies
    islamizationwatch ^ | 11-Jne-2009 | Islamizationwatch
    "Het Mekka van Calvijn" (Calvin's Mecca) is the name of the work created by the Moroccan artist Aziz Bekkaoui. It is a cube measuring 4 by 4 by 4 metres, consisting entirely of reflective glass. The cube apparently refers to the Kaaba, the sacred central building in the courtyard of the Great Mosque in the Islamic place of pilgrimage, Mecca in Saudi Arabia....
  • Unconditional election (a Tiptoe through TULIP)

    01/07/2011 2:48:56 AM PST · by Cronos · 21 replies
    CIN.org ^ | 12/07/2010 | James Akin
    Unconditional election The doctrine of unconditional election means God does not base his choice (election) of certain individuals on anything other than his own good will [13]. God chooses whomever he pleases and passes over the rest. The ones God chooses will desire to come to him, will accept his offer of salvation, and will do so precisely because he has chosen them. To show that God positively chooses, rather than merely foresees, those who will come to him, Calvinists cite passages such as Romans 9:15-18, which says, "[The Lord] says to Moses, 'I will have mercy on whom I...
  • Calvins Reign of Terror

    12/15/2010 7:22:45 PM PST · by narses · 82 replies · 1+ views
    Geneva was a church-city-state of 15,000 people, and the church constitution now recognized "pastors, doctors, elders and deacons," but the supreme power was given to the magistrate, John Calvin. In November 1552, the Council declared Calvin's Institutes of the Christian Religion to be a "holy doctrine which no man might speak against." Thus the State issued dogmatic decrees, the force of which had been anticipated earlier, as when Jacques Gruet, a known opponent of Calvin, was arrested, tortured for a month and beheaded on July 26, 1547, for placing a letter in Calvin's pulpit calling him a hypocrite. Gruet's book...
  • Calvin and Jobs (someone sent to me)

    10/31/2010 2:41:17 PM PDT · by martin_fierro · 12 replies
    teh intartubez | unknown | unknown
  • The Arminian/Wesleyan Dogma of Infant Damnation vs. the Calvinist Doctrine of Infant Salvation

    09/15/2010 11:28:22 AM PDT · by Christian_Capitalist · 160 replies
    Arminian inconsistencies and errors ^ | 1856 | Rev. Henry Brown
    The Arminian Doctrine of Infant Damnation Having noticed one objection to the doctrine of predestination, we proceed to a second, viz. "It leads to the idea of infant damnation;" "brings with it the repulsive and shocking opinion of the eternal punishment of infants;" "causes not only children not a span long, but the parents also, to pass through the fires of hell."The above are samples of the manner in which this charge is reiterated by every controversial Arminian author that has come under our notice. The reader will be surprised to learn that the "shocking and re-pulsive doctrine" here objected...
  • Calvin the Soulwinner - What He Said

    07/07/2010 8:01:37 AM PDT · by Frumanchu · 87 replies
    " John Calvin…is looked upon now, of course, a theologian only, but he was really one of the greatest of gospel preachers. When Calvin opened the Book and took a text, you might be sure that he was about to preach "Through grace are ye saved, and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God." CH SPURGEON (14:216) Like his dear Lord Jesus, John Calvin has often been wounded in the house of his friends. Some Christians - who should rejoice in his ministry - practically hate him as much as Rome ever did. All manner of...
  • What are we to think of Calvin?

    06/26/2010 10:46:26 AM PDT · by Natural Law · 229 replies
    What are we to think of Calvin? Rev . Fr. Philippe Marcille The influence of John Calvin (1509-1564) has been immense, perhaps even more so than that of Luther. Certainly, without the bellowing revolutionary Luther, Calvin would not have been able to do anything; yet without Calvin, the revolt would not have had the political impact that it did in France and especially the United States. Origins He was born in Picardy, France, in 1509. His parents were well-to-do people. A very gifted student, he received a benefice from the Church and continued his studies at Paris. He was not...
  • Calvinism - Part IV

    06/04/2010 9:51:48 PM PDT · by GonzoII · 15 replies · 220+ views
    CATHOLIC ENCYCLOPEDIA ^ | 1908 | WILLIAM BARRY
    Calvinism [Part IV of IV] Two important practical consequences may be drawn from this entire view: first, that conversion takes place in a moment -- and so all evangelical Protestants believe; and, second, that baptism ought not to be administered to infants, seeing they cannot have the faith which justifies. This latter inference produced the sect of Anabaptists against whom Calvin thunders as he does, against other "frenzied" persons, in vehement tones. Infant baptism was admitted, but its value, as that of every ordinance, varied with the predestination to life or to death of the recipient. To Calvinists the...
  • How John Calvin Made me a Catholic

    06/04/2010 5:43:13 AM PDT · by markomalley · 432 replies · 2,199+ views
    Called to Communion ^ | 6/1/2010 | Bryan Cross
    This is a guest post by Dr. David Anders. David and his wife completed their undergraduate degrees at Wheaton College in 1992. He subsequently earned an M.A. from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in 1995, and a Ph.D. from the University of Iowa in 2002, in Reformation history and historical theology.  He was received into the Catholic Church in 2003. He will be on EWTN Live on June 23rd, 7:00 pm Central (8 EST), and may be discussing some of the material from this article.Portrait of Young John Calvin Unknown Flemish artist Espace Ami Lullin of the Bibliothèque de GenèveI once...
  • Calvinism - Part III

    05/29/2010 3:42:23 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 4 replies · 163+ views
    CATHOLIC ENCYCLOPEDIA ^ | 1908 | WILLIAM BARRY
    Calvinism [Part III] We come on these lines to the famous distinction which separates the true Church that of the predestined, from the seeming or visible, where all baptized persons meet. This falls in with Calvin's whole theory, but is never to be mistaken for the view held by Roman authorities, that some may pertain to the soul of the Church who are not members of its body. Always pursuing his idea, the absolute predestinarian finds among Christians, all of whom have heard the Gospel and received the sacraments, only a few entitled to life everlasting. These obtain the...
  • Calvinism - Part II

    05/22/2010 3:53:48 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 6 replies · 248+ views
    CATHOLIC ENCYCLOPEDIA ^ | 1908 | WILLIAM BARRY
    Calvinism [Part II] Another way to define the Reformed theology would be to contrast its view of God's eternal decrees with that taken in the Catholic Church, notably by Jesuit authors such as Molina. To Calvin the ordinances of Deity seemed absolute, i.e. not in any way regardful of the creature's acts, which they predetermined either right or wrong; and thus reprobation -- the supreme issue between all parties -- followed upon God's unconditioned fiat, no account being had in the decree itself of man's merits or demerits. For God chose some to glory and others to shame everlasting...
  • Calvinism - Part I

    05/15/2010 5:07:33 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 35 replies · 422+ views
    CATHOLIC ENCYCLOPEDIA ^ | 1908 | WILLIAM BARRY
    Calvinism No better account of this remarkable (though now largely obsolete) system has been drawn out than Mhler's in his "Symbolism or Doctrinal Differences." The "Institutes of the Christian Religion," in which Calvin depicted his own mind, were never superseded by creed or formulary, though the writer subscribed, in 1540, at Worms to the Confession of Augsburg, i.e. the second revised edition. To take his bearings in theology we must remember that he succeeded Luther in point of time and was committed to a struggle with Zwingli's disciples at Zurich and elsewhere, known as Sacramentarians, but who tended more...
  • The Catholic Teaching on Predestination (Pete vs. Cornely and Johnny)

    05/13/2010 10:39:52 PM PDT · by GonzoII · 18 replies · 315+ views
    The Evangelization Station ^ | 2000 | CUF via The Evangelization Station
    The Catholic Teaching on Predestination ISSUE: How does the Catholic Church understand predestination? RESPONSE: Predestination is a term used to identify Gods plan of salvation, in which according to His own decree, He accomplishes all things according to his will (Eph. 1:11). God gives us the gift of salvation through grace and faith. In turn, we must use our free will to persevere in good works prepared beforehand by God Himself (Eph. 2:8-10; cf. Phil. 2:12, 13). DISCUSSION: There are two opposite and equally erroneous positions about predestination that have always been rejected in authentic Catholic teaching. The first is...
  • Absolved Only Through the Sacrifice of Jesus Christ

    04/04/2010 5:10:43 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 6 replies · 255+ views
    Monergism.com ^ | John Calvin
    Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage. Behold, I Paul say unto you, that if ye be circumcised, Christ shall profit you nothing. For I testify again to every man that is circumcised, that he is a debtor to do the whole law. - Gal. 5:1-3 Last time, we saw that in order to have an abiding place in the church, we need the Lord Jesus Christ as our foundation. There are many who claim to be children of God who have never been born...
  • Christian faith: Calvinism is back

    03/28/2010 5:31:15 PM PDT · by fkabuckeyesrule · 316 replies · 2,720+ views
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | March 27, 2010 | Josh Burek
    Snow falls resolutely on a Saturday morning in Washington, but the festively lit basement of a church near the US Capitol is packed. Some 200 female members have invited an equal number of women for tea, cookies, conversation and 16th-century evangelism.
  • TIME names "New Calvinism" 3rd Most Powerful Idea Changing the World

    02/28/2010 8:30:39 AM PST · by CondoleezzaProtege · 1,288 replies · 6,947+ views
    TIME Magazine ^ | March 12, 2009 | David Van Biema
    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. Calvinism, cousin to the Reformation's other pillar, Lutheranism, is a bit less dour than its critics claim: it offers a rock-steady deity who orchestrates absolutely everything, including illness (or home foreclosure!), by a logic we may not understand but don't have to second-guess. Our satisfaction...
  • 38 Snowmen Nightmares: Calvin and Hobbes In Real Life

    01/15/2010 3:42:58 PM PST · by Reaganesque · 25 replies · 1,750+ views
    Web Urbanist ^ | ? | Angie
    If you are not a fan of Calvin and Hobbes, a comic strip written and illustrated by Bill Watterson, then you may not know that Calvin was an imaginative little boy who created snowmen and put them in scenes that would be straight out of a snowmans nightmare. Little Calvin would have the snowmen in scenes where the snowmen would die horrible, mostly painful, deaths. For ten winters, Calvin and Hobbes created entire worlds of snowmen living or dying in unhappily ever after ways. Here are some of the best snowmen nightmares, where fans of the comic strip created...
  • John Calvin: Religious liberty and Political liberty

    12/16/2009 6:41:55 AM PST · by the_conscience · 2 replies · 432+ views
    Spiritual Liberty. In the heavenly kingdom, spiritual law and spiritual liberty stand counterpoised. God has ordained a "spiritual law" or "law of conscience" to govern citizens of the heavenly kingdom. This law teaches "those things that God either requires of us or forbids us to do, both toward [ourselves] and towards others."28 Its provisions are written on the heart and conscience of each person, rewritten in the pages of Scripture, and summarized in the Ten Commandments.29 Obedience of this spiritual law leads to eternal blessings and beatitude in the life hereafter. Disobedience leads to eternal curses and condemnation. Since the...
  • The Crisis of Authority in the Reformation

    04/01/2008 4:32:20 PM PDT · by annalex · 59 replies · 809+ views
    Coming Home Network ^ | Kenneth J. Howell, Ph. D.
    The Crisis of Authority in the ReformationBy Kenneth J. Howell, Ph. D.When I was a young man, I used to hear stories of the courage of Great Protestant Reformers like Martin Luther and John Calvin. In my reformation heritage, the emphasis on the sole authority of the Bible generated examples of lonely figures who stood up against the tyranny of the Roman Church in the sixteenth century.None was presented braver than Martin Luther who, confronted with the command to obey the Pope at the Diet of Worms, boldly proclaimed that he must be shown to be wrong on the basis...
  • John Calvin Devotional: 1 Corinthians 10:1-13 (Reformed Caucus)

    11/22/2009 6:46:34 AM PST · by Gamecock · 4 replies · 492+ views
    John Calvin Devotional for 2009 -500th Anniversary Year ^ | November 20, 2009 | John Benson Sloan
    I Corinthians 10:1-13 1 For I do not want you to be ignorant of the fact, brothers and sisters, that our ancestors were all under the cloud and that they all passed through the sea. 2 They were all baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea. 3 They all ate the same spiritual food 4 and drank the same spiritual drink; for they drank from the spiritual rock that accompanied them, and that rock was Christ. 5 Nevertheless, God was not pleased with most of them; their bodies were scattered in the wilderness. 6 Now these things...
  • John Calvin Devotional for 2009: Sypmathy From The Throne (Calvinist Caucus)

    11/19/2009 2:11:25 AM PST · by Gamecock · 5 replies · 293+ views
    John Benson Sloan ^ | November 18, 2009 | November 18, 2009
    Devotional using scripture, quote from John Calvin and thoughts for the day each day- on the 500th anniversary of Calvin's birth. Hebrews 4:14 Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has ascended into heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. 15 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we areyet he did not sin. 16 Let us then approach God's throne of grace with confidence, so that we...