July 31, 2014

Christian faith: Calvinism is back

Capital Hill Baptist Church

Calvinism has always struck me as, well, psychologically austere given Calvin's definition of predestination where man, in the end, has no real freedom. Nevertheless, for Protestants raised on the consumer Christianity that has afflicted the Protestant world the last few decades, it's probably a bracing antidote to the search for good feelings reaches almost pathological dimensions. No Starbucks in a Calvinist church lobby I'll bet. ++++++++++ In America's Christian faith, a surprising comeback of rock-ribbed Calvinism is challenging the Jesus-is-your-buddy gospel of modern evangelism. Snow falls resolutely on a Saturday morning in Washington, but the festively lit basement of a church near the US Capitol is packed. Some 200 female members have invited an equal number of women for tea, cookies, conversation – and 16th-century evangelism. What newcomers at Capitol Hill Baptist Church (CHBC) hear is hardly "Christianity for Dummies." Nor is it "Extreme Makeover: Born-Again … [Read more...]