Calvin and that Awful Doctrine
Speaking truth gently
If there is one teaching that the name of John Calvin invokes, it is that of predestination. When even Wikipedia, certainly no theological publication, begins its definition of predestination by mentioning only one name right at the beginning, saying, “John Calvin interpreted biblical predestination to mean…,” then the association of his name with the teaching is sealed. You hear predestination, and you think John Calvin.
In this short post, I cannot begin to develop fully his teaching on it. There are volumes of books that do that. But I would like to focus on the following three clarifications regarding it.
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