Believe it or not, Calvinism is making a comeback. Due in part, I’m sure, to the fact that this year marks the 500th birthday of John Calvin, the secular media has taken notice that there is a resurgence of interest in Calvinism specifically amongst younger Evangelicals. In fact, a couple months ago Time Magazine listed Calvinism as one of the top 10 ideas changing the world in 2009.
The latest article on Calvinism’s comeback comes from Lakeland, Florida:
This month, followers of Calvin are celebrating the 500th anniversary of his birth and hope that his theology, which may be growing in popularity among a new generation of evangelical pastors, can be rescued from its bad reputation.
Calvin’s influence is more widely felt than is generally realized, both in churches and in American life. Portions of our ideas about democracy and capitalism can be traced to him, and even his ideas about human nature, which run counter to optimistic self-help trends, may make more sense in a period of economic and political turmoil.
You can read the rest of this article here (notice that Coral Ridge gets a mention).