Gall (Joachim Vadian), to cities in Southern Germany and via Alsace (Martin Bucer) to France.After the early death of Zwingli in 1531, his work was continued by Heinrich Bullinger, the author of the Second Helvetic Confession.But as we read the Bible, we are faced with a purposeful God who has set his love on his people so that he saves those whom he loves.The other phrase that needs to be challenged is “this idea does not square with my idea of a loving God.” To be frank, your idea of a loving God is far less important than God’s idea of a loving God.The Dutch Reformed churches have suffered numerous splits, and there have been some subsequent partial re-unions.
Here we challenge that prevailing exclusion-by-default methodological impulse by correcting prevalent stereotypes about one particular Christian tradition that may offer relevant conceptual resources for bioethics.
We briefly examine the man, John Calvin, and the Calvinist/Reformed Protestant tradition to show how it has been misconstrued in academic bioethics but can be reconstrued as a constructive, substantive theological starting point for tough bioethical questions of our age.
Core Calvinist doctrines about the nature of an all-sovereign God and human beings’ relation to that God, as well as related prominent themes from elements of the broader Reformed tradition, including the glory/sovereignty/majesty of God; the created goodness of the world; human beings as desiring/worshiping/image-bearing creatures; the pervasive influence of sin; the limitations of humanity for self-improvement; the completely gratuitous nature of redemption; the comprehensiveness of God’s redemptive purposes; and the pending final completion of his redemptive work could and should influence the tone and content of moral deliberation that can be a positive influence on twenty-first-century bioethics.
The “assembly line” God is more nightmare than gospel.
Calvinism is comforting if you’ve been elected, but heart-wrenching if someone you love hasn’t. There are a couple of phrases in your question I’d want to challenge you on.
This one of us (just call me “Calvin”) agrees with my church’s doctrine.