Calvinist

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj Calvinist of or relating to or characteristic of Calvinism or its adherents
    • n Calvinist an adherent of the theological doctrines of John Calvin
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Calvinist A follower of Calvin; a believer in Calvinism.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n calvinist Primarily, an adherent of the theological system of John Calvin. See Calvinism. The name is also given to theologians who hold the doctrine of the Divine Sovereignty as the central truth of their system, but depart more or less widely from the conclusions of Calvin, particularly as regards unconditional election and reprobation and free will. Strict Calvinists hold substantially the original views of Calvin; hyper-Calvinists add some corollaries which he denied, including a denial of all validity to the use of human means; moderate Calvinists modify his views, and hold that man possesses free will notwithstanding the fall, and that his responsibility is limited to his voluntary acts. American Congregationalists and the so-called New School Presbyterians are generally moderate Calvinists.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Calvinist one who holds the doctrines of Calvin
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. Calviniste,

Usage

In literature:

Does he know any Atheists, and has he found them one half as dreary as Scotch Calvinists?
"Arrows of Freethought" by George W. Foote
A New England Calvinist could not have shown more firmness in upholding the English position.
"The Fighting Governor" by Charles W. Colby
Among those that embraced the Calvinistic tenets at this time was Thomas Harrison, formerly Berkeley's chaplain.
"Virginia under the Stuarts 1607-1688" by Thomas J. Wertenbaker
For instance, how would you like to meet Michael Hartley, that mad Calvinist and Jacobin weaver?
"Shirley" by Charlotte Brontë
Calvinists were entirely excluded.
"History of Human Society" by Frank W. Blackmar
Humanity has left the Calvinist and Jacobin behind.
"The Origins and Destiny of Imperial Britain" by J. A. Cramb
Burns's father, stern and severe moralist as he was, was not a strict Calvinist.
"Robert Burns" by Gabriel Setoun
Of his life-long battle against the Calvinistic theology all his readers know.
"Home Life of Great Authors" by Hattie Tyng Griswold
But no Lutheran could complain when the secular arm converted him into a Calvinist.
"The History of Freedom" by John Emerich Edward Dalberg-Acton
Is he Papist, Calvinist, Lutheran, Socinian, or perhaps a Jew?
"Timar's Two Worlds" by Mór Jókai
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In poetry:

When he knelt beside his bed He had nothing much to say
But the simplest little prayer Learned in childhood, long ago,
And he didn't know or care Whether Calvinists might call it
Praying for the dead.
"The Escape of the Old Grey Squirrel" by Alfred Noyes

In news:

Among the most volatile on his list were the Calvinist theology taught by many evangelical Anglicans and the ordination of women as priests, which the new church allows each of its dioceses to accept or reject.
It was written so that Calvinists and non- Calvinists can join hands and hearts for...
Now come the New Calvinists with their return to inviolable doctrines and talk of damnation – in essence, the Puritans, minus the breeches and powdered wigs.
For all its controversy, predestination is something New Calvinists accept as part of their take-it-all-or-leave-it approach to the Bible.
At the same time, a strict following of the Bible, which Calvinists embrace, hardly resonates the way it once did in American society.
Catherine Snow prays during an event at the Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington, DC, intended to introduce new people to its Calvinist theology.
Twenty-something followers in the Presbyterian, Anglican, and independent evangelical churches are rallying around Calvinist , or Reformed, teaching.
In debate over iPhone confession app, aftershocks of Calvinist -Catholic fault line.
In debate over iPhone confession app, aftershocks of Calvinist-Catholic fault line .
That year, a group of Huguenots — also known as French Calvinists — left to settle Fort Caroline in Florida.
It was Assignment Day, which, despite its sound, is not a Calvinist adumbration of the Last Judgment, but rather a weekly occurrence in the arts sections of The Village Voice.
What happened when Paul Schrader, Hollywood's Calvinist doomsayer, met Richard Pryor.
Why Marilynne Robinson , Narrative Calvinist, Doesn't Fear Fox News.
What Mourdock said "is offensive," says Richard Lints, a theologian of the Reformed tradition, which has Calvinist roots, and dean at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in South Hamilton, Mass.
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