Many of you may have seen the recent hubbub about the “New Calvinists.” Time magazine recently listed “New Calvinism” as the third of ten “Ideas Changing the World Right Now.” Mark Driscoll jumped on the train and posted four brief ways New Calvinism is so powerful. I found his list to be pretty narrow, reductionistic, and historically inaccurate. Responses have been flying all over the Internets, so it’s not my intent to write another response (especially when my friend Greg posted his thoughts already, and I hijacked the comments).
Instead, here’s a link to a 1947 Time article heralding the comeback of Calvinism. I got this from Kim Riddlebarger, who appropriately asks the obvious question, “Could it be that Calvinism will always be around?”
Popular Protestant movements have waxed and waned – from the liberalism in the early to mid 1900s to the megachurch movement, emergent movement, or the “missional” movement of today. But the conservative Reformed traditions show remarkably steady, consistent growth. This growth won’t break any records and isn’t flashy enough to make headlines, but it faithfully “plods” along (to steal my dad’s phrase), extending God’s kingdom by God’s gracious timing. I think I prefer it that way.