According to TIME magazine, the New Calvinism is one of the things changing the world (Number 3 of the Top Ten!).
(I read about it over at Irish Calvinist.)
My favorite quote from the article is Al Mohler’s: “The moment someone begins to define God’s [being or actions] biblically, that person is drawn to conclusions that are traditionally classified as Calvinist.” Instead of saying I am a Calvinist, since people often look at me strangely when I say that, maybe I should say, “Thinking biblically has caused me to arrive at conclusions-formally-known-as-Calvinism.”
I was excited (a few years ago) to discover there was a shorthand way to say “God is sovereign; people are sinners; I can depend upon God and don’t have to depend on myself!” But many, many people see Calvinism as Determinism or Fatalism. When you use the “C” word, they seem to check out of the conversation! I do enjoy saying I believe in the “doctrines of Sovereign Grace,” but people don’t really know what I mean when I say that either.
On the other hand, I have been absolutely FLOORED by the amount of friends and family who have had very similar experiences to my husband and myself in regard to changing, or refining, of our theology. Many people we haven’t seen in years seem to have the same story we’ve had. I’m still surprised when I come across someone else who has been moved in the same direction of heart. And this change in theology has come to those I know with almost ZERO push from the pulpit (in my city, churches that are Calvinist are few and far between, and the preaching is often more the “Jesus-wants-to-be-your-buddy” type).
I think maybe TIME magazine is onto something. I suppose we’ll have to wait and see!