It should come as no surprise that the “New Calvinists”, who are attempting to build their 21st century “City Upon a Hill”, have been greatly inspired by another group of Christians who attempted such a feat in a new land around 400 years ago – the Puritans. Of course, the Puritans were inspired by their hero John Calvin, whose goal was to build a city upon a hill (inspired by St. Augustine’s City of God) in Geneva, Switzerland.
As we have been researching the Calvinistas, we are amazed by how hard they strive to invoke the thinking of the Puritans. Mark Dever, C.J. Mahaney, Tullian Tchividjian, and their colleagues represent a broad swath of the hyper-Calvinist movement, and they make it a habit to quote Puritans regularly in their sermons and talks to outside groups, not to mention in what they write. In fact, we understand that when a baby is dedicated in one Sovereign Grace church, the parents are given a booklet containing Puritan thought on childrearing.
Obviously, there is a reason these hyper-Calvinists find the Puritans so appealing. It is our goal to explore the Puritans, their teachings, and their failings in order to better understand why Puritanism holds such a fascination for this Neo-Calvinist group.
Our journey begins tomorrow…