Where’d All These Calvinists Come From? Part 5
August 23, 2007 4 Comments
Continuing with the series of posts by Mark Dever at his blog (click here to read it: Church Matters: 9Marks Blog). In part 5 Dever makes a point I had not considered before….he attributes the controversy over the inerrancy of the Bible in the 1970’s and 1980’s as playing a part in the resurgence of Calvinism. As the inerrancy debate took shape it gave many of the defenders larger audiences for their teaching…many of these defenders were Calvinists. Dever mentions several by name: Jim Boice, RC Sproul, Jim Packer, Carl F. H. Henry, and Roger Nicole. He goes on to say “In the 1970’s and 1980’s, many young ministers were being educated theologically by theologians who had Calvinistic soteriology and a Reformed understanding of God and of His work with humanity.”
Basically, those who were learning reformed theology in the 70’s and 80’s are the ones teaching it today. It seems to be taking root in our SBC seminaries and that means it will be around for a long time.