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.