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What the Protestant Reformation was Really About and Its Connection to New Calvinism

Posted in Uncategorized by Paul M. Dohse Sr. on February 9, 2022

As I was doing my nursing school studies/reading this morning, I was struck by a particular paragraph I read:

“A new understanding of health is dawning. This new understanding reflects changes in both attitude and approach, and is often referred to as holistic medicine. This is a small part of a profound transformation now taking place in the way our culture views itself and the issues that affect it. This has been called a paradigm shift: a change in the patterns of belief and perception that our culture holds about itself. Such shifts have happened many times before. From a historical point of view, the transformation of society from the medieval worldview to what we now call the Renaissance is strikingly clear. However, to the people of the time, the process of change was either imperceptible or totally confusing, except to those with the vision of, for example, a Leonardo da Vinci.”

The father of medieval ideology was Plato, and when it gets right down to it, he was the mentor of the church fathers. This is unambiguous church history. Church orthodoxy was founded on medieval ideology and Enlightenment ideas were considered the church’s greatest threat. In addition, clearly, the Bible was interpreted through the prism of Platonism by the early church fathers.

The Protestant Reformation was a pushback against Enlightenment ideas that were being integrated into church orthodoxy. A complete reading of Reformation documents and decrees reveals this in no uncertain way.

The church was dragged out of the Medieval era kicking and screaming. Beginning in 1970, the New Calvinism movement sought to return the church back to its medieval roots, and continues that quest today. A lack of understanding concerning true church history is what makes the New Calvinism movement confusing to many.

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  1. Strawman Burner said, on February 22, 2022 at 9:13 PM

    “The father of medieval ideology was Plato, and when it gets right down to it, he was the mentor of the church fathers.”

    But there are two Platos. There is the Plato of ehat modern scholars consider authentically Plato (“The Respublica” etc.) and there is the Plato of the “Epistles of Plato” which modern scholars declare inauthentic but which the ancients viewed as aithentic, and it is on this Plato that ancient Platonism, Middle Platonism, NeoPlatonism were based, along with the Phaedo almost exclusively of the material we now thanks to dumb scholars consider as authentically Plato. The early church fathers who were Platonists would have been such based on “Epistles of Plato” not “The Respublica.” This separates the early church father Platonists from the Renaisance Platonists (middle ages is not right, as that is the Scholastics and has little to do with Plato). The problem of the Scholastics is they must take Augustine as a third Testament, like how Mormons take the Book of Mormon, and their theology in the end must always agree with it. I know someone will say “Augustine was a NeoPlatonists” but this is overblown, as all he took from the NeoPlatonists was a defensive measure which Plotinus invented to make his version of Platonism immune from ending up in the pessimism of the Gnostics, namely “evil is not a being” (i.e. denial that there can be a devil), so from Augustine we get the idea of the devil being a mere metaphor! But wheread that may have helped Plotinian NeoPlatonism avoid becoming pessimistic like the Gnostics, Augustine uses the dame doctrine to make his theology MOrE pessimistic than the Gnostics! Because obviously in the Christian context if there is no devil then God becomes the devil as you then invent Calvinism, which we all know John Wesley said presents God as “more foul than the devil.” What John Wesley failed yo day is that this happens because Calvinism follows Augustine’s doctrine that “evil is not a being” (i.e. there is no devil) which means God has to then become the devil to fill that void!

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  2. Jackie Chan's Uncle said, on February 23, 2022 at 3:05 PM

    And one more thing…(jacky chan cartoon joke)

    There is inconsistency is found in all major theologians, as it is an inescapable human trait. With Augustine he was found inconsistent to an extreme degree witj his one principle borrowed from Plotinus “evil is not a being.” This leads St. Heretic to make the devil a metaphor and thus make God “more foul than the devil”—-while at the same time he contradicts it in two ways (1) making God, a being, into the devil, thus making evil a being after all!, and (2) making humanity inherently evil through “original sin” and viewing the flesh as literally evil incarnate, thus making evil a being.

    Can you think of a greater inconsistency? In fact this is more like an Obama-type “I am not a communist” type motto being used merely to hide being communist! “I Augustine declare that evil is not a being…..merely to hide that I actually teach evil is the ONLY being, and that both God and man are inherently evil!”

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