Calvinism

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Cal·vin·ism

noun \ˈkal-və-ˌni-zəm\

: a Christian set of beliefs that is based on the teachings of John Calvin and that stresses God's power and the moral weakness of human beings

Full Definition of CALVINISM

:  the theological system of Calvin and his followers marked by strong emphasis on the sovereignty of God, the depravity of humankind, and the doctrine of predestination
Cal·vin·ist \-və-nist\ noun or adjective
Cal·vin·is·tic \ˌkal-və-ˈnis-tik\ adjective
Cal·vin·is·ti·cal·ly \-ti-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

Origin of CALVINISM

John Calvin
First Known Use: circa 1570

Rhymes with CALVINISM

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Calvinism

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

In Protestantism, the theology developed and advanced by John Calvin. It was further developed by his followers and became the foundation of the Reformed church and Presbyterianism. As shaped by Calvin's successor at Geneva, Theodore Beza (1519–1605), Calvinism emphasizes the doctrine of predestination, holding that God extends grace and grants salvation only to the chosen, or elect. It stresses the literal truth of the Bible, and it views the church as a Christian community in which Christ is head and all members are equal under him. It therefore rejects the episcopal form of church government in favor of an organization in which church officers are elected. Calvinism was the basis of theocracies in Geneva and Puritan New England (see Puritanism), and it strongly influenced the Presbyterian church in Scotland.

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