Excerpt from Misconceptions of Calvinism: A Reprint of Papers in the Toronto Presbyterian Review, Including Additional Papers on Statements of the Christian Guardian
IN an early number of the review, the present writer referred to the fact that the teachings of Calvinism are misap prehended and misrepresented more than those of any other system that professes to exhibit the teaching of Scripture respecting our salvation. At the same time he expressed his belief that every genuine Christian is, at heart, a Calvinist, and that little beyond a proper representation of Calvinism is needed to secure his cordial acceptance of it, as the most com plete and correct exhibition of Scripture doctrine. Though many will dispute this, we have no doubt it will bear examina tion. We believe 'there are many sincere Christians who, having unhappily received their views of Calvinism from caricatures of it more or less gross, could not fail to see its accordance with Scripture and their own religious experience, by simply applying their minds to a judicious and candid presentation of its distinctive teachings. And there are probably many others whom a just representation of Cal vinism, put in contrast with prevailing misconceptions of it, would, without a word of argument, free from the perplexity occasioned by those misconceptions. We are disposed to think, therefore, that a series of short articles, whose distinctive feature shall be a direct and candid statement of the peculiar teachings of Calvinism, without any endeavour to defend them by argument, may serve a good purpose. An attempt of this kind is; we cannot but think, especially, needed in these days, in which the art of caricaturing, by pen as well as by pencil, has attained to such perfection, misrepresentation being very often made to take the place of solid reasoning and serious discussion, even in relation to the profoundest and most important questions that can occupy men's minds.
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