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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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