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The Economist Book of Isms by John Andrews

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Calvinism A set of beliefs in Protestant Christianity, originating in the doctrines of a 16th-century French theologian and pastor, John Calvin (born Jean Cauvin, 1509–64). Calvinism has five essential points: “total depravity”, meaning that everyone is born sinful; predestination for those – “the elect” – chosen by God; atonement for those sinners who are to be saved (Christ, according to Calvinism, did not die to save all sinners); “irresistible grace”, meaning that the elect cannot resist God’s call; and the perseverance of the saints, meaning that those chosen for salvation will reach heaven. As Calvin gloomily put it, God preordained “a part of the human race, without any merit of their own, to eternal salvation, and another part, in just ...

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