Friday, August 16, 2013

The main danger of the New Evangelical Calvinism

The main danger of the New Evangelical Calvinism lies in their similarity to the real deal. The similarity is at times very close, as it can be seen in the Gospel we proclaim. Therein however also lies the main danger of the New Evangelical Calvinism.

In currency, the most dangerous counterfeits are those that are very similar to the original. No one is going to fall for monopoly money for example. Likewise in Christianity, rank liberalism is less dangerous than Neo-Orthodoxy, for once the liberals outed themselves in the mainstream denominations, it is evident to almost everyone they are not Christians at all.

I distinctly remembered being against the idea of "Christ-centered," before I entered WSCal, and was not favorably disposed to biblical theology either. On the former, the "Christ-centeredness" of the New Calvinists was a total turn-off. If by "Christ-centered" it means Keller, it means "contextualization," it means "zoom from the text to Christ without any regard for what the text actually says" or "ignore hard doctrines and always go back to the Atonement," you can count me out! It took me some time to realize that "Christ-centered" actually means something different, something actually biblical.

The danger of the New Evangelical Calvinism is that it sucks people in who think that is the real deal. Christians are deluded because of the similarity of the falsehoods to reality. Those who see through it can become immune to the Reformed faith, or at least those aspects that have been corrupted by the New Evangelical Calvinists. In the end, the witness of biblical Christianity is weakened.

3 comments:

Larry said...
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Larry said...

Daniel, please consider the following in support of the distinction between New England Calvinism and Calvin: "if they [Calvin's] opponents in France had to seal their doctrine in their own blood, and at the expense of their own life, one could see how much it would mean to them. Quite the opposite [of uncertainty] is our assurance, which fears neither the terrors of death nor even God's judgment seat. (Calvin, Institutes, Battles trans., 1960, vol 1, p. 16.

Quite the contrast to New England Calvinism, which exemplified in Religious Affections had a lifetime of uncertainty leading to the posthumous uncertainty of others about us, after we die.

PuritanReformed said...

@Larry:

I am writing concerning New Evangelical Calvinism (aka the "New Calvinists"), not New England Calvinism