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Calvin the Charismatic

There has been a lot of talk recently about the New Calvinists and their charismaticism; here is a post in which it is argued that John Calvin advocated lifting of hands, etc. in worship.

I haven’t had time to look at this very closely yet, but a couple initial observations:

1. Is the lifing of hands Calvin talked about the same things as the charismatic practice today?

2. It is very interesting that evidentally people automatically associate lifting of hands with charismatic theology.

Scott Aniol

About Scott Aniol

Scott Aniol is the founder and Executive Director of Religious Affections Ministries. He is Chair of the Worship Ministry Department at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, where he teaches courses in ministry, worship, hymnology, aesthetics, culture, and philosophy. He is the author of Worship in Song: A Biblical Approach to Music and Worship, Sound Worship: A Guide to Making Musical Choices in a Noisy World, and By the Waters of Babylon: Worship in a Post-Christian Culture, and speaks around the country in churches and conferences. He is an elder in his church in Fort Worth, TX where he resides with his wife and four children. Views posted here are his own and not necessarily those of his employer.

5 Responses to Calvin the Charismatic

  1. I enjoyed the Bayly brothers' post. I can't say the same about Dr. Masters'.

    @Andy – Thanks for the link to Storms' article. It was very good and very helpful.

  2. Andy and Barry,

    Would you say that physical acts within worship is necessarily attached to charismaticism? Do you know of a similar article defending the practices written from a non-charismatic perspective?

    Genuinely curious. Thanks.

  3. Not sure. I'm not widely read on this.

    Anecdotally, I know many people (myself including) who are not properly labeled "charismatics" but who are sympathetic with Storms's article.

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