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Written by Calvin Fox   
Thursday, 19 December 2013 16:39

I read and benefit from (and often agree with) many Conservative columnists.  But, I am committed to analyzing everything I read from a Biblical Perspective, which most of these columnists do not do.  Christians can  not simply be social or economic Conservatives!

I say "Biblical" not "Christian".  We are to seek to be committed to approaching and understanding the world from a Biblical World View- more than that- to a Neo-Calvinist World View, not simply a "What would Jesus do?" view and not a "according to the Gospel" view.  You may have noted the title of my Blog, http://www.calvinfox.com/blog/ and its tagline: "A Neo-Calvininst Commentary".  I explain  what that means on this website.

Calvinism is far more than the 5 famous doctrines having to do with Salvation.  It is about the Sovereignty of God over all and is actually a world view to live by.  And that Calvinist or Reformed World View as developed by the Dutch Theologian, Abraham Kuyper (1837-1920), is known as Neo-Calvinism.  [Most Calvinists are not Neo-Calvinists.   Many actually oppose it.  And many who claim to be Neo-Calvinists today are not Calvinists at all.]

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We are not just Conservatives PDF Print E-mail
Written by Calvin Fox   
Friday, 20 July 2012 17:36

I read and benefit from many Conservative columnists.  I am often tempted to simply link their articles to my Blog and let their views be as they are.  But  as a Christian I am committed to analyzing everything I read from a Biblical Perspective.   I want  to persuade all Christians to do that!  We can  not be simply social or economic Conservatives!

I say "Biblical" not "Christian".  We are committed to approaching and understanding the world from a Biblical World View- more than that- a Neo-Calvinist World View, not simply a "What would Jesus do?" view and not a "according to the Gospel" view.  You may have noted the title of my Blog and its tagline: "A Neo-Calvininst Commentary".  I explain  that  on this website,  /http://www.reformedliving.org/

Calvinism is far more than the 5 famous doctrines having to do with Salvation.  It is about the Sovereignty of God over all and is actually a world view to live by.  And that Calvinist or Reformed World View as developed by the Dutch Theologian, Abraham Kuyper(1837-1920), is known as Neo-Calvinism. In practice,  Neo-Calvinism includes 7 Essential Principles as follows.

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What the Re/Formation Institute is about PDF Print E-mail
Written by Calvin Fox   
Saturday, 02 August 2008 12:52

“Learning to Live God's Way”

“Learning to Live God's Way” is our goal, but what is God's way? My answer to that question changed a few years ago, as I rediscovered the Book of Genesis. I marveled again at God's Creation- both as noun and verb. I was also impressed with the importance of the “Cultural Mandate”, given by God to all human beings. This Mandate has never been negated by God. Far from it- it remains the main purpose for our lives- for all of us. Every person is to be fully engaged in enjoying, developing and maintaining all that God has made. This includes more than simply being caretakers of the environment and earth- more than Stewardship (Conservation). Developing and maintaining and enjoying the Creation involves, by extension, creatively developing Cities, Culture and Civilization. To do all of this we must become fully human. That means realizing our potential as “persons” made in the Image of God.

"Seeking God's Norms in All Things"

“God's way” is revealed in Scripture- all Scripture, including the Law (Torah). The Institute's motto is Seeking God's Norms in All Things. Chose a subject, any subject: architecture (urban renewal), aesthetics (painting and music), government (public and social policy), education (schools), economics, technology, cosmology, psychology (therapy), etc. All are built on assumptions and world views. They all require some foundational faith or ideology. We want to probe and discover what all that may be. Concurrently, we search for material in the Bible relevant to these subjects. We must analyze assumptions, foundational faith, ideologies. World Views and all “isms” in light of the Word of God. We seek God's Norms in all things. Literally.

Seeking the Kingdom

Comparing what we find, we seek to re/form [or redirect] the subject according to God's Norms and thus, learn to live God's way. This what it means to be a disciple of Christ. What we are talking about here is far more radical and inclusive than getting involved with few select social causes now popular. This is seeking the extension of the Kingdom (Realm) of God, defined as people living all of life according to the will of God, on earth as in Heaven.

The Vision

The vision of the Re/formation Institute (my vision) is to help the Kingdom to come through scholarship and teaching. Ideally, we would bring together scholars in "secular" specialties with scholars in Bible and Theology. I am neither; I am now simply an educated layman committed to trying to think Biblically about everything. I am well aware of my limitations and the problems involved, but I know where to look for help. I want get the ball rolling and hopefully inspire others, particularly college students and other educated laypeople, to do more of this work as an offering to the Lord. I am convinced that Christians must do this kind of integrative, interdisciplinary study.

  • The “Great Commandment”, given by Jesus, is the motive for doing this: Love for God and People.
  • The “Great Commission”, as given by Jesus, is about persuading people to adopt the Cultural Mandate ["making disciples...teaching them to obey]
  • The Gospel itself is what makes all of this possible.  [The Realm of God requires the Reign of God.]
  • The Lordship of Christ requires it. [Every square inch of Creation belongs to Him]

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