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Definition of the noun calvinism

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noun - plural: Calvinisms

  1. the theological system of John Calvin and his followers emphasizing omnipotence of God and salvation by grace alone
    • example: Calvinism had a very strong impact.
    • lexical domain: Cognitive Processes - nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents
    • more generic word: Protestantism = the theological system of any of the churches of western Christendom that separated from the Roman Catholic Church during the Reformation

Alternative definition of the noun calvinism

proper noun

  1. The Christian doctrines taught preeminently by John Calvin. Emphasis is placed on the sovereignty of God, and one distinctive of the system is its doctrine of predestination, which teaches that a special few are predetermined for salvation by God.


Calvinism is a major branch of Protestantism that follows the theological tradition and forms of Christian practice of John Calvin and other Reformation-era theologians. Calvinists broke with the Roman Catholic Church but differed with Lutherans on the real presence of Christ in the Eucharist, theories of worship, and the use of God's law for believers, among other things.

  • also known as Calvinist

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Google previewTrial and Acquittal of Lyman Beecher, D.D. (1835)

Before the Presbytery of Cincinnati, on Charges Preferred by Joshua L. Wilson by Lyman Beecher

Fitch, liberal Calvinism is the adoption of a Calvinistic creed 'for subst.incc of doctrine,' admitting the primary propositions, and...

Google previewWestern Civilization, Ideas, Politics, and Society (2016)

by CTI Reviews

Calvinism is a major branch of Western Christianity that follows the theological tradition and forms of Christian practice of John Calvin and other Reformationera theologians. Calvinists broke with the Roman Catholic church but differed with ...

Google previewThe Believing Primate (2009)

Scientific, Philosophical, and Theological Reflections on the Origin of Religion by Jeffrey Schloss, Michael Murray

Calvinism is an interlocking system with a purpose: to unify and coordinate a population ofpeople to achieve a common set ofgoals by collective action. The goals may be difficult to define precisely, but they certainly included what Durkheim ...

Google previewSermons Delivered on Various Occasions (1828)

by Lyman Beecher

Calvinism is that system of doctrine, which in its great elementary principles, is opposed to what is called the Arminian system. The two systems, as all systems built on revelation must do, include some truths in common; but there are certain ...

Google previewThe Five Points of Calvinism (1996)

A Study Guide by Edwin H. Palmer

Calvinism is an attempt to express all the Bible and only the Bible. To restrict it to five points is to misjudge and dishonor the man and movement that bears the name Calvin. Not only can the word five be misleading in the name The Five Points ...

Google previewThe Christian review and clerical magazine (1829)

Calvinism is a definite system ; Pelagianism is another. Arminianism, we apprehend, is not. And hence it has appeared to us, that though there is such a name as Arminianism, there is no such thing ; and that all who call themselves Arminians, ...

Google previewOne Electorate under God? (2004)

A Dialogue on Religion and American Politics by E.J. Dionne, Jean Bethke Elshtain, Kayla Meltzer Drogosz

Although it may seem strange to claim that the Times and the Post cooperated in an Evangelical assault against the president, it must be remembered that Calvinism is a major energy in American culture and that both newspapers have ...

Google previewChurch, State, and Citizen (2009)

Christian Approaches to Political Engagement by Sandra Fullerton Joireman

And one influential explanation of the work ethic and the remarkable economic achievements of people in countries influenced by Calvinism is the doctrine of predestination (God's foreordination of the elect to salvation).

Google previewA Full Length Portrait of Calvinism (1809)

by John Bowden

Moderate Calvinism is the word now-a-days, in order to soften the horrible doctrines of the system; as if there can be any such thing as absolute, arbitrary election, without the horrible decree of reprobation — \horribile decretum are Calvin's ...

Google previewHistorical Dictionary of Calvinism (2011)

by Stuart D.B. Picken

Calvinism as a movement lends itself to the historical dictionary format for a number of reasons. Principal among these is the simple reality that Protestant Christianity as a whole is best examined and understood within the framework of its ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Thoughts (1891)

Being a Cyclopedia of Laconic Quotations from the Best Authors, Both Ancient and Modern

CALVINISM. 55 CANDOR. 57. morals, or lie has no more sense and understanding than a child. — Menander. No might nor greatness in mortality can censure 'scape ; back wounding calumny the whitest virtue strikes : What king so strong, ...

Google previewThe New Schaff-Herzog Encyclopedia of Religious Knowledge (1909)

Embracing Biblical, Historical, Doctrinal, and Practical Theology and Biblical, Theological, and Ecclesiastical Biography from the Earliest Times to the Present Day by Albert Hauck

diate between the rationalistic mysticism of the lroningen school and the somewhat rigorous Calvinism of Kuyper and the separatists. Extreme rationalism of the German type had become so far dominant in Holland by 1876 that the theological ...

Google previewEncyclopaedia of the Presbyterian Church in the United States of America (1884)

Including the Northern and Southern Assemblies by Alfred Nevin

These inward forces are comprehensively described under the single term Calvinism. Calvinism 'has been regarded as, in fact, a doctrine of government ...

Google previewAn Alphabetical Subject Index and Index Encyclopaedia to Periodical Articles on Religion, 1890-1899 (1907)

by Ernest Cushing Richardson

Calvinism and ...

Google previewNew International Encyclopedia (1914)

CALVINISM CALVO virtues, such as kindliness, honesty. "Preven- ient," "effectual ," or "irresistible" grace is that by which the soul is regenerated. By it the will is moved to holy action, and repentance and faith are produced. "Cooperative" grace ...

Google previewThe Encyclopedia of Politics and Religion (2013)

2-volume Set by Robert Wuthnow

John Calvin Caliphate See Islant Calvinism Calvinism, a widely adopted. have aimed at bringing China's repression in Tibet to the attention of the world, have been led by Buddhist monks and nuns. Monasteries and nunneries represent an ...

Google previewThe Catholic Encyclopedia (1913)

An International Work of Reference on the Constitution, Doctrine, Discipline, and History of the Catholic Church by Charles George Herbermann, Edward Aloysius Pace, Condé Bénoist Pallen, John Joseph Wynne, Thomas Joseph Shahan

Calvinism, however, gradually won the upper hand, although the domestic disputes between the reforming sects by no means ceased. • In Transylvania merchants from Hermannstadt, who had become acquainted with Luther's heresy at ...

Google previewA Theological Dictionary (1807)

by Charles Buck

Calvinism originally subsisted in its greatest purity in the city of Geneva ; from which place it was first propagated into Germany, France, the United Provinces, and Britain. In France it was abolished by the edict of Nantz, in 1685. It has been the ...

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Small photo of Sculptures of four Calvinism's main proponents at center of Refomation Wall, Parc Des Bastions, Geneva, Switzerland. Guillaume Farel, Jean Calvin, Theodore de Beze, John Knox More...

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In other words, Judaism is not Calvinism. (Chaim Potok)
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