Definition of Calvinism in English:



mass noun
  • The Protestant theological system of John Calvin and his successors, which develops Luther's doctrine of justification by faith alone into an emphasis on the grace of God and centres on the doctrine of predestination.

    • ‘I do not think that this was precisely the Calvinism of John Calvin.’
    • ‘Nevertheless, Calvinism, even during Calvin's lifetime, had become an international movement.’
    • ‘He is newly ordained in this large congregation, in which many have no idea of what Calvinism, or for that matter, Arminianism, are.’
    • ‘Priestley would also have nothing of such compromises either with the established Church or with Calvinism.’
    • ‘Adherents prefer to say that authentic Calvinism is by nature evangelical.’
    • ‘This action eventually led to his theological shift from hyper-Calvinism to evangelical Calvinism.’
    • ‘Not all Baptists embraced the modified Calvinism of Backus or accepted the conversion efforts of the Philadelphia Association.’
    • ‘What is certain is that Calvinism will continue to be present in Southern Baptist life as long as Baptist collegians continue to find it appealing.’
    • ‘Biblical Calvinism has always included a system of living as well as a system of doctrine.’
    • ‘Here he came to change his religious views, rejecting Calvinism which had the notion of predestination as a metaphysical necessity and the basis of faith.’
    • ‘Scotland was once the home of John Knox and his stern form of Calvinism.’
    • ‘Educators are noting that an increasing number of Baptist college students are embracing Calvinism.’
    • ‘However, Philip believed that if Calvinism was successfully tackled it would enhance his power and put the region very much under his power.’
    • ‘Henry only saved his life by converting to Catholicism but when he escaped from Paris in 1576, he changed back to Calvinism and took over the lead of the Huguenots.’
    • ‘What was then called the Spanish Netherlands was being tugged between Spain and independence, between Catholicism and Calvinism.’
    • ‘Critical to Calvinism was the doctrine of predestination, which regarded the salvation or damnation of each soul as preordained.’
    • ‘How much of Calvinism must one accept to be truly a Calvinist?’
    • ‘What may seem paradoxical to some today is that theologically, Spurgeon tenaciously clung to traditional Calvinism.’
    • ‘The purpose of the book, therefore, is to examine Calvinism as a theological system and to compare it with traditional Baptist theology.’
    • ‘Universalism, also a protest against Calvinism, arose outside the established church.’