Warum gibt es heute noch so viele Calvinisten?

Timothy George geht in einem CT-Beitrag der Frage nach, warum Calvin auch heute noch für viele Menschen so attraktiv ist.

Calvin, a displaced refugee, speaks directly to the homeless mind of many contemporaries looking for a place to stand. »We are always on the road,« Calvin wrote. Like Augustine, Calvin reminds us that our true homeland, our ultimate patria, is that city with foundations that God is preparing for all who know and love him. In the meantime, believers are »just sojourners on this earth so that with hope and patience they strive toward a better life.«

George erinnert daran, dass der Reformator viele hilfreiche Impulse von anderen großen Lehren der Kirche empfing.

The most remarkable thing about Calvin’s theology is how unremarkable it is, especially when set against the Catholic, Augustinian, and Lutheran traditions he inherited, reframed, and passed on to others. In retrospect, Calvin stands out next to Luther as one of the two great shaping theologians of the Protestant movement. But we should not detach him from other seminal thinkers with whom he shared certain basic assumptions about God, the Bible, human beings, and the work of Christ in the world. Martin Bucer in Strasbourg, Heinrich Bullinger in Zurich, Johannes Oecolampadius in Basel, Peter Martyr Vermigli from Italy, and Luther’s successor, Philip Melanchthon, were all Calvin’s friends and colleagues in the work of reform.

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