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calvinism


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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Calvinism  \Cal"vin*ism\,  n.  [Cf.  F.  Calvinisme.] 
  The  theological  tenets  or  doctrines  of  John  Calvin  (a  French 
  theologian  and  reformer  of  the  16th  century)  and  his 
  followers,  or  of  the  so-called  calvinistic  churches. 
 
  Note:  The  distinguishing  doctrines  of  this  system,  usually 
  termed  the  five  points  of  Calvinism,  are  original  sin 
  or  total  depravity,  election  or  predestination, 
  particular  redemption,  effectual  calling,  and  the 
  perseverance  of  the  saints.  It  has  been  subject  to  many 
  variations  and  modifications  in  different  churches  and 
  at  various  times. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  Calvinism 
  n  :  the  theological  system  of  John  Calvin  and  his  followers 
  emphasizing  omnipotence  of  God  and  salvation  by  grace 
  alone  [syn:  {Calvinism}] 




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