Calvinism, changing the world

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I have to say I was rather surprised to see this: Time magazine has named Calvinism as one of “10 Ideas Changing the World Right Now.”

As far as the mainstream press goes, it does a pretty good job. It is very heartening, and strange, to see a movement generated by theology in the media. I’ve had my share of criticisms of aspects of this “new Calvinism,” but it comes as an internal critic who genuinely wants the best in Reformed theology to leaven the Church.

I especially like that the article mentions the influence of this Calvinism in contemporary worship. Time cites David Crowder. You could also add everyone else involved with Passion (Charlie Hall, Chris Tomlin, Steve Fee, etc.) which has been heavily influenced by John Piper and like-minded ministers. Most of these worship artists are not full-fledged Calvinists, but the influence is obvious and very welcome.


  1. That’s interesting news. I must confess that I had no idea that Calvinism was as influential as it was in the sixteeth-century (’til recently reading McGrath’s Christiany’s Dangerous Idea), and certainly not of any influence in today’s world where more and more people seem to be embracing “no creed but Christ.”

    In addition to the song artist you mentioned, I would like to throw out Shai Linne and Christ-centric. These are not just Christian hip-hop artists, they are die-hard Reformed hip-hop artists.

  2. Huh, I had no idea there was “Reformed hip-hop.” I’ll check it out, but my hip-hop palate is pretty limited. TobyMac is about as funky as I get.

  3. Meh. Clever, breezy, lacking in judgment.

    On the global front, I’m a bit more impressed by Gerald McDermott’s Understanding Jonathan Edwards, which brings an impressive group of Europeans together to present Edwards to a non-academic reader. It would have been interesting to have seen this European interest when Balthasar was writing his Theological Aesthetics (I don’t think Edwards even gets a footnote – my guess is the B wasn’t aware of Edwards’s work on beauty…).

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