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The History and Theology of Calvinism


I’ve been feeling a little under par lately (I know, under par is actually good. I didn’t coin the expression.), so I haven’t been very productive. I haven’t been wasting my time entirely, though. One of the things I’ve been doing while doing nothing is listening to The History and Theology of Calvinism by Dr. Curt Daniel, available free of charge as mp3 files. The book appears to be out of print. [Update: Check eBay. An alert reader found six copies there.]

The theological system called "Calvinism" is widely misunderstood. I would venture to say that the vast majority of those who oppose it really know little about it. I would even say that there are many who call themselves Calvinists who have simply inherited it or accepted it because someone they respect believes it. Don’t be one of those people.

There are many common misconceptions about Calvinism, and two in particular that have annoyed me. First, I don’t know how often I’ve heard or read words like these: “Calvinism began when John Calvin wrote his ‘Five Points of Calvinism, ’ which he arranged in the acrostic ‘TULIP.’” I’ve even read that in books by Calvinists. That, of course, is incorrect. For those who don’t know, the Five Points were written after Calvin’s death by the Synod of Dordt. Not only were they not named to spell the acrostic TULIP, they were not systematized in that order. Second, I’d love to have a nickel for every time I’ve been told that “John Calvin burned Servetus at the stake.” These are only a couple of historical issues Dr. Daniel covers.

The History and Theology of Calvinism is an excellent presentation of both the history and the theology of this system, and I highly recommend it. Whatever you believe, don’t believe it ignorantly.



Posted 2007·06·21 by David Kjos
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#1 || 07·06·22··12:48 || BlackCalvinist

Now this is funny! I just ordered this book (along with the Truth War) from GBI about a month and a half ago, they told me it was out of print and they were trying to get one, but it still hasn't shipped (they did ship the Truth War, though). I may now have to ask them to just send me some other books in place of that one.

Thanks for the link! I been wantin' this one since Phil Johnson recommended it a while ago.


#2 || 07·06·22··14:02 || David

Yeah, I've tried all my usual sources for used books, too--no luck.


#3 || 07·06·23··19:39 || Taliesin

FYI: Dr. Daniel can be contacted at:

Good Books

If you click on the link at the bottom for "New Books" there is a listing for "History and Theology." I've seen references to the series popping up more and I think that's a good thing. It's an excellent summary of Calvinism.

If you do order the book, don't tell him I sent you because he probably wouldn't know who I was and if he did he would likely charge you extra.


#4 || 07·06·23··19:42 || Taliesin

"Thou mayest use HTML tags" does not mean that I can use HTML tags. Somehow I apparently messed up the hyperlink. Here's the web address:

http://members.aol.com/goodbooks7/


#5 || 07·06·23··21:51 || David

Taliesin,

Thanks for the tip. You also get an A in grammar. Your second comment demonstrates that not only mayest thou use HTML tags, but thou canst as well.


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