The upcoming series on Calvin will mostly focus on the theology of Calvinism. God used Calvin, but he also used many other godly men who helped deepen the Church’s understanding of the Law and the Gospel. From the Puritans to the Princeton men, Calvinism, or Reformed theology, greatly dominated the early modern period, especially in Western Europe. It began to eclipse in the early 1800s. By then, the fruits of the Reformed faith greatly influenced Europe and England in particular. Socially, politically and economically America was the greatest fruit of Calvinism.
The who, what, when and why of Calvin & Calvinism will be explored monthly in this series. Naturally, those, such as this writer, who are zealous adherents, believe it to be the purest expression of the Gospel. It is with such zeal of triumph, hope and faith in a gracious and sovereign Lord that this series is dedicated to another Great Awakening, a Second Reformation.
Besides various secondary articles, these are the six feature articles for this year:
1. Calvin’s Life and Work
2. Calvinism: The Worldview
3. Calvinism: The Antithesis
4. Calvinism: Consequences I
5. Calvinism: Consequences II
6. Calvinism and the Future
The Calvin Quincentenary is being celebrated in Paris, Strasbourg, Bern and Geneva.
Famous Calvinists in America
The past that many conservative Christians pine for never existed.
There was never a Christian America as many understand it.
It was a Calvinist America.
50-80% of American churches were Calvinistic in 1780. And that was after their peak influence. The New England Puritans, New York Dutch, Pennsylvania German and Southern Huguenots were all confessional Calvinists.
That would strongly imply a large base for political leadership; that many of the local and state-level men were or were raised Calvinists.
But more to the point of this short series: a number of well-known Americans were Calvinists.
Can you guess who they were?
Can you accept the implications for today of such historical truths?
1. America’s Teacher
2. America’s First Judge
3. America’s Famous Preachers
4. America’s First Black Preacher