Michael Horton has a nice article over at The Resurgence addressing common myths about Reformed theology. It was a nice summary of his book, For Calvinism, which I am just finishing and recommend wholeheartedly. The readers of this blog will know that I believe the truest and best expression of Anglicanism, which comes to us from our Reformers, is a Reformed Anglicanism.
Horton opens his article noting the irony that can attend Reformed theology. He writes:
Calvinists can be pains in the neck. I should know—I’ve been one myself on occasion. Yet, it is a terrific irony that a theology that so exalts God and lays human beings low before his majesty and grace should be championed sometimes with a spirit that contradicts it.
He continues by laying out five common misperceptions about Reformed theology:
- Reformed theology is arrogant and prideful.
- Reformed theology makes us robots in God’s plan.
- Reformed theology has no grace and love.
- Reformed theology kills genuine, heart-felt piety.
- Reformed theology kills community and mission.