The Fifteen Theses of Myk Habets’ and Bobby Grow’s Evangelical Calvinism

My intention for this forum is to continue to have guest authors contribute pieces on their thoughts in regard to Evangelical Calvinism. So the invitation will remain open for any and all who are interested in contributing PICKWICK_Templatesomething, just email me at: To fill in the gaps–between guest contributors–my plan is to plunder the riches on offer in our edited book Evangelical Calvinism: Essays Resourcing the Continuing Reformation of the Church. To date, I haven’t really engaged with our book at any depth here at the forum (‘blog’), and so I hope to remedy that in the days to come. And just so you know, Myk Habets and myself are under contract to write a second volume Evangelical Calvinism book with Pickwick once again (so stay tuned).

For the rest of this post I wanted to provide a list of the 15 theological theses statements Myk and I cowrote for the last chapter of our book (chapter 15). In the book we provide some substantial explanation behind each thesis, but for purposes of brevity and time here at the forum, I am just going to list the theses themselves. Most of you probably have not seen all 15, and so I thought it might be prudent to provide this exposure for you all, especially if you are interested in contributing a short article for the forum here (by the way, just to be clear: when you submit something it does not have to be polished, professional, or peer reviewed. This is still a blog format, and so what I am looking for is simply some thoughtful and probing posts from various perspectives that engage with Evangelical Calvinism as the respective author understands it). Without further ado, here are the 15 Theses from our 15th chapter from our Evangelical Calvinism book:

Thesis One. The Holy Trinity is the absolute ground and grammar of all epistemology, theology, and worship.

Thesis Two. The primacy of Gods triune life is grounded in love, for God is love.

Thesis Three. There is one covenant of grace.

Thesis Four. God is primarily covenantal and not contractual in his dealings with humanity.

Thesis Five. Election is christologically conditioned.

Thesis Six. Grace precedes law.

Thesis Seven. Assurance is of the essence of faith.

Thesis Eight. Evangelical Calvinism endorses a supralapsarian Christology which emphasizes the doctrine of the primacy of Christ.

Thesis Nine. Evangelical Calvinism is a form of dialectical theology.

Thesis Ten. Evangelical Calvinism places an emphasis upon the doctrine of union with/in Christ whereby all the benefits of Christ are ours.

Thesis Eleven. Christ lived, died, and rose again for all humanity, thus Evangelical Calvinism affirms a doctrine of universal atonement.

Thesis Twelve. Universalism is not a corollary of universal redemption and is not constitutive for Evangelical Calvinism.

Thesis Thirteen. There is no legitimate theological concept of double predestination as construed in the tradition of Reformed Scholasticism.

Thesis Fourteen. The atonement is multifaceted and must not be reduced to one culturally conditioned atonement theory but, rather, to a theologically unified but multi-faceted atonement model.

Thesis Fifteen. Evangelical Calvinism is in continuity with the Reformed confessional tradition.[1]

Clearly each thesis could stand to have some explanation behind it; and lucky for you there is explanation for each one of these listed above in our book (so go buy it!). I have quoted some of them in full here at the forum, which you can find by clicking on the appropriate page above. But hopefully this will give you all a better understanding of what Myk Habet’s and my style of EC is all about, and maybe you would like to respond what you see in these theses by posing some questions etc. (which would make a perfect post for me to publish for you here at the EC forum).

[1] Myk Habets and Bobby Grow, Evangelical Calvinism: Essays Resourcing the Continuing Reformation of the Church (Eugene: OR, Pickwick Publications, 2012), 425-52.

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2 Responses to The Fifteen Theses of Myk Habets’ and Bobby Grow’s Evangelical Calvinism

  1. Bill Ford says:

    I have the paperback, but I wish there was a Kindle edition.


  2. Bobby Grow says:

    Me too, Bill! I am going to contact our publisher and see if they can do that. It needs to be more accessible and affordable for more people out there.


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