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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.

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4 thoughts on “Calvinism, and Why it Sickens Me

  1. It's clear from this post that you have absolutely no idea what Calvinism is, which raises the question as to how anyone could be dense enough to be "sickened" by something he was ignorant of.The description "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" could be applied to a variety of things including the Huffington Post or the activities PETA. It's a cheap shot, and intellectually lazy to just throw this out there without giving any indication at all of what you are ranting about.I haven't seen such emotional immaturity and arrested development in any adult outside of John Loftus. But please, go ahead and continue to beclown yourself. You just provide further evidence that atheists leave the faith in order to express their inner ugliness and indulge their most base, angry, irrational impulses. You unwittingly give witness for the glory of God and the depravity of man under the following rubric: "Maybe your only purpose in life is to serve as a warning to others".May God have mercy on your grotesque, ugly, unintentionally ridiculous little soul.

  2. Thank you for coming along and proving every last thing I said about Calvinist right!

  3. Calvinism is straight up demonic and evil. If all Christianity was Calvinism, I would be first in line to join all the atheists and pagans of the world! Good post!

  4. I cant stand feligion in general. Its time we put that garbage out for good.

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