Guest / Limited Access /
Reviews

/

Reforming the Reformed
Illustration by Jonathan Bartlett
Ten Myths About Calvinism: Recovering the Breadth of the Reformed Tradition
Our Rating
4 Stars - Excellent
Book Title
Ten Myths About Calvinism: Recovering the Breadth of the Reformed Tradition
Author
Publisher
IVP Academic
Release Date
March 10, 2011
Pages
301
Price
$17.45
Buy Ten Myths About Calvinism: Recovering the Breadth of the Reformed Tradition from Amazon

Type "Calvinism" into any web browser and you're likely to find multiple misconceptions about Calvinism and Reformed theology. Ironically, many come from the pens and mouths of Calvinists themselves. In Ten Myths About Calvinism: Recovering the Breadth of the Reformed Tradition (IVP Academic), Kenneth J. Stewart demonstrates that confusion and misapprehension reign among adherents as much, if not more, than among outsiders and opponents.

Stewart, professor of theology at Covenant College, a Reformed school in Lookout Mountain, Georgia, knows the terrain. Ten Myths, an extremely well-researched and lively tour of Reformed theology's history, sets the record straight regarding Calvinism's heroes, legends, beliefs, and fluctuating fortunes. The movement, Stewart argues, is currently riding the latest of six "waves of Calvinist resurgence" since the French Revolution. But all is not well. "It is no time," Stewart warns, "for triumphalism."

Much to my surprise, I discovered the author, a dedicated convert to Calvinism, chastising many who proudly call themselves Reformed. Even when writing about non-Calvinists' misconceptions, he seems intent on calling the new Calvinists and their leaders to a course correction. "We need fewer angular, sharp-elbowed Calvinists who glory in what distinguishes their stance from others," Stewart argues, "and a lot more supporters of the Reformed faith who rejoice in what they hold in common with others." What non-Calvinist wouldn't agree?

I should confess before continuing that I am one of those non-Calvinists, although I have tried to maintain a friendly, irenic tone. I find Stewart's approach refreshing; ...

Subscriber access only You have reached the end of this Article Preview

To continue reading, subscribe now. Subscribers have full digital access.

From Issue:
Browse All Book Reviews By:
Read These NextSee Our Latest
Also in this IssueA World Without the King James Version
Subscriber Access Only A World Without the King James Version
Where we would be without the most popular English Bible ever.
Current IssueWhy Christians Should End Their Search for 'Relevance'
Subscriber Access Only Why Christians Should End Their Search for 'Relevance'
In a culture hell-bent on undermining traditional institutions, including the church, Christian witness will look neither conservative nor liberal but resilient.
RecommendedThe Real History of the Crusades
Subscriber Access Only
The Real History of the Crusades
A series of holy wars against Islam led by power-mad popes and fought by religious fanatics? Think again.
TrendingDied: Tim LaHaye, Author Who 'Left Behind' a Long Legacy
Died: Tim LaHaye, Author Who 'Left Behind' a Long Legacy
Jerry B. Jenkins: 'Thrilled as I am that he is where he has always wanted to be, his departure leaves a void in my soul.'
Editor's PickThe Sacred Ritual of Church Suppers and Snacks
The Sacred Ritual of Church Suppers and Snacks
By honoring the gift of food, we honor the body of Christ.
Christianity Today
Reforming the Reformed
hide thisMay May

In the Magazine

May 2011

To continue reading, subscribe now for full print and digital access.