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Line breaks: Cal¦vin|ism
Pronunciation: /ˈkalvɪnɪz(ə)m

Definition of Calvinism in English:


[mass noun]
The Protestant theological system of John Calvin and his successors, which develops Luther’s doctrine of justification by faith alone into an emphasis on the grace of God and centres on the doctrine of predestination.
Example sentences
  • The purpose of the book, therefore, is to examine Calvinism as a theological system and to compare it with traditional Baptist theology.
  • I do not think that this was precisely the Calvinism of John Calvin.
  • Critical to Calvinism was the doctrine of predestination, which regarded the salvation or damnation of each soul as preordained.



Example sentences
  • Lutherans, Calvinists, Methodists, Baptists and even agnostics have found him deserving.
  • Virtually all Calvinists in Southern Baptist circles are enthusiastic about missions and evangelism.
  • The region was a mixture of Calvinists, Lutherans, Catholics and Anabaptists.


Pronunciation: /-ˈnɪstɪk/
Example sentences
  • Missions had served as a rallying cry for Arminian and Calvinistic Baptists in Scotland as it had for Baptists in England in previous years.
  • Theological divisions among Baptists at the beginning of the century were usually about the degree to which one held Calvinistic as against Arminian views.
  • While there is a new awareness of and an increasing commitment to Calvinistic teachings today, Calvinism has long been a vital part of Baptist theology.


Pronunciation: /-ˈnɪstɪk(ə)l/
Example sentences
  • You may be wondering why I am in a Calvinistical Baptist church when I have difficulties with their theology.
  • There is, in the true Calvinistical spirit, nothing wrong with this, but it means that our collection cannot be more than an attempt.
  • Their confession consisted of 52 articles and is strictly Calvinistical in the doctrinal part.

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