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Robin Parry is the husband of but one wife (Carol) and the father of the two most beautiful girls in the universe (Hannah and Jessica). He also has a lovely cat called Monty (who has only three legs). Living in the city of Worcester, UK, he works as an Editor for Wipf and Stock — a US-based theological publisher. Robin was a Sixth Form College teacher for 11 years and has worked in publishing since 2001 (2001–2010 for Paternoster and 2010– for W&S).

Thursday, 27 January 2011

Lorenzo Dow on Calvinism

You can and you can’t; you shall and shan’t; you will and you won’t; and you will be damned if you do; and you will be damned if you don’t.
Lorenzo Dow, 19th C anti-Calvinist ditty. It is, of course, unfair but as a funny little rhyme it is OK.


Shaylin said...

That's rather like the Calvinist children's song:

Jesus loves some of the children,
Some of the children of the world.
Red and yellow, black and blue,
Jesus loves me more than you.
Jesus loves some of the children of the world.

John Lofton, Recovering Republican said...

That's EXACTLY what "election" is all about, Shaylin! God loves/saves some; some He does not love/save. That's clearly spelled out in Scripture. WE are not God's judge. God is OUR judge.

John Lofton, Editor, TheAmericanView.com
Communications Director, Institute On The Constitution
Recovering Republican

Anonymous said...

Dear John,

Robert Burns wrote a parody of a Calvinist's prayer to God:

O Thou who in the Heavens dost dwell
Who, as it pleases best thysel'
Sends one to heaven, and ten to hell
All for thy glory
And not for any good or ill
They've done before thee.

In other words, 90% of all the people who've ever lived are rejected without any chance.

How exactly is this "good news" to the world?