Friday 29 April 2011

Kenneth J. Stewart on Ten Myths about Calvinism

Kenneth J. Stewart, Ten Myths about Calvinism: Recovering the Breadth of the Reformed Tradition (Nottingham: Apollos, 2011), 256pp., ISBN: 9781844745135.

I just got a copy of this title. The ten myths, should you want to know, are split into two sections:

Part 1: Four Myths Calvinists Should Not Be Circulating (But Are)

1. One Man (Calvin) and One City (Geneva) Is Determinative

2. Calvin’s View of Predestination Must Be Ours

3. TULIP is the Yard Stick of the Truly Reformed

4. Calvinists Take a Dim View of Revival and Awakening

Part 2: Six Myths Non-Calvinists Should Not Be Circulating (But Are)

5. Calvinism Is Largely Anti-missionary

6. Calvinism Promotes Antinomianism

7. Calvinism Leads to Theocracy

8. Calvinism Undermines the Creative Arts

9. Calvinism Resists Gender Equality

10. Calvinism Has Fostered Racial Inequality

I suspect the heart of Stewart’s burden is captured in the subtitle – recovering the breadth of the Reformed tradition.

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