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Coming to Grips with Calvinism, part 1: A Protestant’s (ongoing) Reformation

I’m deeply thankful to have been invited to write for this site.  I thought I’d begin by introducing myself in light of the site’s name and nature.

Writing for a blog entitled “Gentle Reformation” is a bit of an historical irony for me.  During my first decade or so of life in Christ, the terms “gentle” and “reformed” did not really apply.

When I first learned of Calvinism in college, I immediately and vehemently opposed it.  I thought it taught a puppet master God, a fatalistic view of history and an unnecessarily dark view of humanity.  I hated what Calvin taught.  True, I had never read Calvin, but that did not deter my zeal!

I read just enough of the Reformer to feel justified in my preformed conclusions.  Brimming with what I deemed righteous indignation, I felt I had found my purpose, the great contribution I’d make to Christ’s church.  I announced to one of my college roommates that my life’s mission was to debunk Reformed Theology.