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"If God is sovereign, then his lordship must extend over all of life, and it cannot be restricted to the walls of the church or within the Christian orbit." Abraham Kuyper Common Grace 1.1.

Thursday, 27 October 2005

Neocalvinist distinctives

What are the key emphases of neocalvinism? Earlier today I started a Wiki entry on Neo-Calvinism. It is in skeletal form at the moment and is in desperate need of being filled out. In it I list the following emphases:
  • Jesus is lord over all of creation
  • The idea that all of life is to be redeemed
  • Cultural mandate
  • Creation, fall and redemption
  • Sphere sovereignty
  • A rejection of dualism
  • Structure and direction
  • Common grace
  • The antithesis
  • Worldviews
  • The role of law

Are these accurate? Are there any others?


Paul Otto said...

I would emphasize the centrality of the Word, but not limited to narrow Scriptural dictates. I have in mind Bernard Zylstra's essay "Thy Word, Our Life"

Also, while I think that Neo-Calvinism includes reformational thinking, not all Neo-Cals would embrace all the particulars of reformational thinking. Your list includes some such things like structure and direction.

Baus said...

See here:
and here:
and here:
and here:
for several statements from Gideon on his view.
I think you must add "sensus divinitatis" or "rejection of religious neutrality" or something like that.

Steve Bishop said...

Thnaks for the links to Gideon's pieces Gregory - very useful. I pinched a quote from one of them to put on the Wiki article.