Calvinism, and Why it Sickens Me
Six months ago I wrote a rather….um…emotive piece about how much I disliked Calvinists. Today, in a discussion on my Fundamentally Flawed colleague Jim’s blog I’ve had reason to revisit and clarify my views, so I felt the subject needed further thought.
If you want me to be honest I think Calvinism is the worst of the worst when it comes to fundamentalist Christianity, an abomination of a faith that crushes every last spark of joy out of life and replaces it with a never ending cycle of guilt and begging for forgiveness, spiced with just enough self satisfied smugness to make it truly unbearable. Furthermore, it seems to mostly be adopted by bullies (the Westboro crowd) and those who are desperate to impose their views forcefully on others (see Bob Sorensen at stormbringer005.blogspot.com, who would LOVE to be able to run the world his way). Calvinists dress up their bullying and control freakery in only the merest pretence of ‘love’ for those they harangue. I despise them for what they believe and how they allow that belief to shape their actions.
Thankfully this exceptionally ugly version of Christianity is very much a fringe concern, the vast majority of believers don’t buy into the hate fuelled teachings of the raging anti-Semite John Calvin.