Definition of Calvinism in US English:



  • The Protestant theological system of John Calvin and his successors, which develops Luther's doctrine of justification by faith alone and emphasizes the grace of God and the doctrine of predestination.

    • ‘This action eventually led to his theological shift from hyper-Calvinism to evangelical Calvinism.’
    • ‘He is newly ordained in this large congregation, in which many have no idea of what Calvinism, or for that matter, Arminianism, are.’
    • ‘Critical to Calvinism was the doctrine of predestination, which regarded the salvation or damnation of each soul as preordained.’
    • ‘Universalism, also a protest against Calvinism, arose outside the established church.’
    • ‘Educators are noting that an increasing number of Baptist college students are embracing Calvinism.’
    • ‘Adherents prefer to say that authentic Calvinism is by nature evangelical.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘What may seem paradoxical to some today is that theologically, Spurgeon tenaciously clung to traditional Calvinism.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘How much of Calvinism must one accept to be truly a Calvinist?’
    • ‘However, Philip believed that if Calvinism was successfully tackled it would enhance his power and put the region very much under his power.’
    • ‘Biblical Calvinism has always included a system of living as well as a system of doctrine.’
    • ‘Priestley would also have nothing of such compromises either with the established Church or with Calvinism.’
    • ‘The purpose of the book, therefore, is to examine Calvinism as a theological system and to compare it with traditional Baptist theology.’
    • ‘Not all Baptists embraced the modified Calvinism of Backus or accepted the conversion efforts of the Philadelphia Association.’
    • ‘Scotland was once the home of John Knox and his stern form of Calvinism.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘What was then called the Spanish Netherlands was being tugged between Spain and independence, between Catholicism and Calvinism.’