A cry for life: An interpretation of "Calvinism" and Calvin

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Now, it's important to note that while this massive problem didn't bother Ken nor will it trouble most other Protestants, the fact is it should, and I believe that it eventually will bother them. Much less could we at any time obtain eternal salvation without it [grace] or through ourselves.” (pp.68-69) So what I think is demonstrated from these passages is that the earliest Arminians were absolutely committed to the bondage of the will in sin, the total depravity of man and hence the necessity of grace, for we cannot “obtain eternal salvation…through ourselves.” Therefore those who call themselves “Arminian” today who do not adhere to this early convictions should not, I think, call themselves Arminians and much less should we, in the knowledge of the difference, refer to them as Arminians.

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The Church in Earnest

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When cheapness, tawdriness, and vulgarity surround them, they adjust their understanding of the meaning of existence accordingly. In the late 1570s, translated from the French, these bulky volumes flowed through London’s bookshops and none was more popular than the ... In Martin Luther’s Church the Pastor Asks: Where Have All the Protestants Gone? Puritans were Protestants who were particularly zealous in their desire to simplify the church, wanting to make it more strictly Bible-based and give the individual a more direct relationship with God.

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An Exposition of the Epistle to the Hebrews, Vol VII (An

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The Protestant idea of a calling, with worldly asceticism is an independent force, one which was not created by the change in institutions and structures (e.g. money, trade, commerce, etc.) but emerged entirely separately as an unintended consequence of the Reformation. Nevertheless, his daily reception of Holy Communion in the Catholic Mass in Taize -- and his reception several times of Holy Communion from the hands of Pope John Paul II and Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger -- coupled with his refusal to openly leave the Reformed tradition and formally convert to Catholicism, left not a few Catholics (and Protestants as well) puzzled and even scandalized.

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Drawn to Freedom: Christian Faith Today in Conversation with

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In this article, dear reader, we shall examine the literature and philosophy that Keller uses in The Reason for God to accomplish his aim, with special reference to Keller’s beliefs about Roman Catholicism. A gambler was publicly punished" (2 p. 83). "The number of dishes eaten at a meal was regulated. The second limitation arises from environment and prejudices. That power of course is only effective because of the living, incarnate Word.

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Genuine Salvation

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Augustine's belief in penance (and the necessity of baptism and the Eucharist) puts a death knell in the opinion that he taught sola fide. Some Protestants have also tried to claim that there is no longer a need for miracles since the Gospel of Christ has already been preached to all corners of the earth and since Christianity has already been established. The Presbyterian Church of the United States was created in 1983, having more than 2 millions of Presbyterians.

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Why should I be good? Salvation is free! - Saved by grace

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Using and holding up creeds, far from denigrating the Bible, exalts the Scriptures as the source from which the creeds and confessions flow. At the meeting of Classis on April 16th, the pastoral relation was dissolved to take effect on May 1st; the reason assigned was advanced age and impaired health. Neither before the fall into sin nor after the fall into sin was there anything in man that drew God to love him. This grace, therefore, which is hiddenly bestowed in human hearts by the Divine gift, is rejected by no hard heart, because it is given for the sake of first taking away the hardness of the heart.

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Discussions in History and Theology (Routledge Revivals)

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He also asserts two fundamental knowledges- God and self- and he elaborates upon the relationship between the two. Central to Stark’s analysis is his highlighting of the way pre-Reformation Western Christianity saw the world as one in which humans were called upon to use their reason and innate creativity to develop its resources—including economically. Jerome and the Council of Chalcedon (which was held while the Church was still "pure" according to the Protestant reformers) and in other writings, but the choice of the term is insignificant as it simply refers to the head Bishop of Rome.

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The Atonement

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But it is still true that faith is a gift in the Calvinist scheme in the sense of divine enabling, just as it is in Arminianism. A Newsweek profile concluded: ‘Keller is a pastor for people who like their Christianity straight up.’ The blurb on the back page of The Reason for God says that ‘Keller uses literature, philosophy, real-life conversations, and reasoning to explain how faith in a Christian God is a soundly rational belief, held by thoughtful people of intellectual integrity who truly want to know the truth.’ The premise of Keller’s book is that literature, philosophy and reasoning are able to lead to faith in a Christian God.

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Prophet, Pastor, Protestant: The work of Huldrych Zwingli

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In verse 9, Nicodemus asks Jesus how this can be. Why did the protestant reformation come to England? The city council of Geneva was interested in reform, but wanted to maintain control of it (a pattern followed in a number of cities). Most historians consider the seventeenth century the apogee of a "confessionalized" Europe, and Calvinism fits this pattern perfectly. (..) The most important features linking the practices of Europe's various "confessionalized" Reformed churches—and simultaneously separating them from other Protestant as well as Catholic traditions—revolved around their methods of disciplining church members for various forms of misbehavior.

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Divine Realities Spiritual Reflections for the Saint and

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Nevertheless, the philosophical bases from which artists worked are clearly the same as those governing decisions in contemporary political, military, and religious activities. Nature implants this in dogs against wolves�the more so in man against himself, if he has become a wolf to himself. Although Calvinism was very influential in England for some time, it declined and virtually disappeared well before England's great capitalist expansion, as could also be said of its history in America as well.

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