The Five Points of Calvinism

The subjects of “Calvinism,” “Puritanism,” “predestination,” and “election” do not have happy associations in the popular mind. Hear these terms and the mind imagines colorless landscapes, black suits and black hats, faces frowning under the weight of a hopeless fatalism, a joyless, harsh, critical, and legalistic religion. That this is an image created largely by an unsympathetic academic community seems not to be known by most. That it may be inaccurate and false seems not to have occurred to but a few.