The Evangelical Calvinist

"The world was made so that Christ might be born."-David Fergusson

What is Evangelical Calvinism in a Few Sentences?

Someone asked me last night, at a little theological conference thing I went to at Columbia Presbyterian Church in Vancouver, WA, if I could describe what Evangelical Calvinism entails in one or a few sentences. That is always a rough question for me! On the spot I essentially contrasted it against Westminster five point (the popular version) Calvinism. But there really is much more to it than that. Let me answer his question again; here’s what I should have said by way of general description of Evangelical Calvinism:

Evangelical Calvinism emphasizes and operates from the reality that God is triune love revealed and self-explicated in Jesus Christ. Evangelical Calvinism emphasizes the reality that God is for all of humanity in Jesus Christ, and that the implication of the Incarnation itself require this conclusion. We hold along with David Fergusson, that ‘the world was created so that Christ might be born’; so the idea that God has always intended to intensify his relationship with us by always intending to incarnate in the Son — even without the ‘Fall’ — and to elevate us beyond even the joy of the original creation realized in the Garden of Eden.

This is a better response, I think. And then we could contrast this with Westminster or five point Calvinism later in the discussion.


Written by Bobby Grow

December 1, 2014 at 1:01 pm

6 Responses

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  1. TULIP, move over for TWIN–

    Triune love is revealed and self-explicated in Jesus Christ.
    World created so that Christ might be born.
    Incarnation is God in Jesus for the whole of humanity.
    New Creation was always God’s intention.


    Bowman Walton

    December 1, 2014 at 6:20 pm

  2. Got acronym, so what’s left on the organizational to get list…

    bumper sticker
    elevator speech
    first commercial
    grand opening
    kids edition
    Latin motto
    news-making event
    product placement
    quick 10 minute version
    reality tv show
    skywriting plane
    television appearances
    uniform with sash and medals*
    volunteer coordinator
    white paper
    x, statement on theology of


    * Can you say for certain that you are never going to need one?


    Bowman Walton

    December 1, 2014 at 6:42 pm

  3. So, how would you differentiate EC from a supralapsarian Roman Catholic theology like Scotism?


    Nathanael Johnston

    December 1, 2014 at 9:47 pm

  4. @Nathanael,

    Probably not very much, but I would have to know how you understand a supralapsarian Roman Catholic Scotist undertanding of election to really know.

    Here is what we state as one of our EC theses in our EC book (Myk and me):


    Bobby Grow

    December 1, 2014 at 10:49 pm

  5. @Bowman,

    Nice, TWIN! I like it!!

    Start printing the bumper stickers 😉 !!


    Bobby Grow

    December 1, 2014 at 10:50 pm

  6. @Nathanael,

    We borrow from some Scotist thinking, in particular on the Scotist thesis and with certain doctrine of God stuff barring the voluntarism inherent to Duns Scotus’ views. See this:


    Bobby Grow

    December 1, 2014 at 10:52 pm

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