Neo-Calvinism

“For after all these things do the Gentiles seek… But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”

Matt 6:32:33

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Isbell, Sherman – Recovering Experimental Religion, 2009, 13 pp.

Young, William – Historic Calvinism and Neo-Calvinism, from the Westminster Theological Journal, vol. 36, 1973-74, with editorial revisions from the Rev. Sherman Isbell

Neo-Calvinism was birthed from the thought of Abraham Kuyper, Herman Dooyeweerd, and others in the late 1800’s.  It has had a tremendous effect on, and has become a dominant feature of, reformed thought in America.  Young show where Neo-Calvinism has departed from historic Calvinism on 7 points, including: a change of Covenant Theology, an over-emphasis on cultural renewal and institutions, a depreciation of personal religion, and affirming the unBiblical doctrine of presumptive regeneration with its various implications. 

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Samuel Rutherford,

The Divine Right of Church-Government and Excommunication (1646), p. 614

“Argument 7. That opinion is not to be held which lays ground that Christ-Mediator is a temporary King, has under Him magistrates, even heathenish, who have nothing to do with a Mediator, to bear a temporal sword for a supernatural and spiritual end, as Christ under-heirs, He himself being the first-heir of all such and so makes heathens within the verge of the Mediatorial Kingdom; as if Christ were as Mediator, a King to heathen and all and everyone of mankind, who must have magistrates, and so [it] makes the Kingdom of men as men, and the Kingdom of Grace commensurable, and of alike latitude and extension, and makes nature and grace of equal comprehension:

But such is the former opinion; the proposition cannot be denied, except by Arminians, Socinians, Papists, who do maintain an universal redemption, a grace universal, a catholic Kingdom of Grace comprehensive of all and every man, of Pharaoh, Evil Merodach, Belshazzar, all the kings of Romans, Persians, Assyrians, Chaldeans, and of Turk[s], India, and such as worship the sun and moon, the Devil, and the work of men’s hands…”

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