• Teresa

    According to the book Calvin for armchair theologians page 157 t=total depravity. You should change your answer.

  • Sarah Pulliam Bailey

    Thanks for your feedback, Teresa. That is the answer, actually. Are you getting something else?

  • Evelyn Carder

    Easy for someone who grew up in the Christian Reformed Church!

  • Martin Luther was NOT an early Reformed theologian? That’s debatable, I think many Calvinists would consider him the FIRST Reformed Theologian (of the Reformation, that is).

  • Thanks for taking the quiz, Jared. So Luther was “a reformer” but he was not “reformed” in the sense that we’re using above. Reformed churches came after Lutherans.

  • Dale

    I learned the TULIP acronym while listening to Garrison Keillor on “A Prairie Home Companion.” Public radio never fails to educate!

  • clasqm

    Two little boys are arguing in the street. The one shouts “You are just miserable sinners! We are totally depraved!”

  • Holy cow, I scored 100%! And I’m a thoroughly non-Calvinist Episcopalian!

  • Gerald Shenk

    I guess I have Russel Baer to thank at Kraybill Mennonite School for teaching me everything I needed to know for this quiz! RIP

  • I am sure that John Calvin is rolling in his grave at the thought that the most visible supposed proponents of his theology are people like Platt, Driscoll, and Piper (apart from anything else, they are all Baptists!). Calvinism has become caricatured beyond all recognition when we can ignore such things as his theology of union with Christ, ecclesiology and sacrament, the law, his understanding of the relationship between OT and NT, and speak of it purely in terms of an abstract TULIP theology (the jury is still out on whether Calvin himself held to L, although, for my part, I don’t believe that he did).

  • trudad

    enjoyed, thanks for posting!

  • David Petr

    Excellent quiz! Thanks for posting Sarah

  • Bill A

    I did pretty poorly. My excuse? I’m a Catholic-rooted Buddhist. I appreciate the chance to learn though.

  • Kevan Scott

    Can you email me the correct answers? Blind and my accessible software does not show me what I suspect are the highlighted answers. Thanks, Kevan

  • Austin

    Agreed =)

  • John McGrath

    To me TUPLIP is a very limited way to look at Calvinism. I prefer to see it the way I was taught in Catholic school. … 1. Predestination, therefore there is no need to go on and on about earning salvation, although all must respond to the grace of God. … 2. Strict morality, although having nothing to do with salvation, is nonetheless binding because humanity was created to act for the “greater glory of God” and all good deeds and human achievements express humanity’s obligation to be active “for the greater glory of God.” … 3. … We must be active agents for the good on earth because that is God’s plan for creation. … 4. Christ atoned for the sins of the predestined, and established his church and sacraments for all to properly understand, honor and worship God and learn how to act morally for the “greater glory of God.” Even if one is predestined to hell.

    No doubt there are errors and biases in this view, and no doubt my memory has distorted what I learned (due to human corruption, of course), but I still think this is a more interesting understanding of Calvinism than TULIP.

    Of course I was raised an Arminian Catholic so I have my biases about all this. And I like what ignatius Loyola did with the “Greater Glory of God” concept more than I like what Calvin did with it. Calvin and Loyola attended the same seminary in Paris, not together, and Loyola not for long. Interesting coincidence. John Knox also attended that seminary.

  • I thought I would be told how many of the questions I got right. I think I got them all right, but why take the quiz if you are not told the results. Isn’t that a bit too Clavinist?

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  • Matt Ferguson

    While my score was 100% I didn’t want to answer “Rick Warren” to the question, “What modern pastor isn’t Calvinist?”. I know, I know, most reading this comment will say “Warren isn’t a Calvinist!” Well, if you watched the 90 minute interview John Piper had with Rick Warren (see link below) I think you may at least admit Warren might be Calvinist. But I know many like to tear Warren apart on many topics—-but give the guy a listen before declaring him a non-Calvinist.

    Also, I think Luther may need to be thought of as a Reformed Theologian—what part of TULIP would Luther not affirm? Maybe use a different theologian as the wrong answer for that one.

    Other wise—fun test. Thanks.

  • Yene

    Yeah, me, too, esp. the word “early” tripped me up thinking Luther was the FIRST to stand against the papacy.

  • John Calvin

    No, “Reformed” and “Reformation” are two different things. The churches of the Reformation do all descend from the work of Martin Luther and today of many different types and traditions. In the generation of the Reformation following Luther, one of the types of distinct Reformation traditions that developed was the tradition that followed John Calvin’s teachings. This branch of the Reformation is called the “Reformed” tradition. It is confusing, but that’s what it’s called. So “Reformed” is but one particular subset of the Reformation tradition.

  • Calvin

    There is still time to convert 🙂

  • Jason

    Matt, Luther would not affirm Irresistible Grace, Limited Atonement, and Perseverance of the Saints. Total depravity, yes. Unconditional election, probably yes.

  • TJ

    But Luther was certainly “reformed” or even “calvinistic” in his soteriology, which is what this debate is really about. It would be more accurate, of course, to say that both Calvin and Luther were Augustinian in soteriology (of course you could say Biblical, but that is uncharitable to those who disagree). But when you get down to it essentially all of the significant theologians and leaders of the reformation affirmed predestination. Arminius was the exception to the norm for several hundred years.

  • Austin

    Luther’s theology concerning the five points was sharper than Calvin’s. He is Reformed 🙂

  • Total depravity is one of the possible answers, maybe they changed it after you wrote them. It is my opinion that most Christians in one way or the other are Calminiams. They pick some of Calvin and some of Arminius’ theology. I refer, of course to Protestant churches, particularly various groups of Baptists.

    The Reformed Church in America (RCA) has its headquarters in Grand Rapids, MI. Talk about Calvinists! The Reformed Baptist churches are also headquartered up there.

  • Yup.

  • Amy Hutchison

    Yes, it says “Total depravity” is wrong

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  • isaiah541

    Actually, Martin Luther came on the scene about 70-years later than the trailblazers. That’s the way of any movement, somebody throws down seeds, others water, and Luther pops up and gets the public’s attention.

  • Sheldon

    I am pretty sure “Calvinists” are not followers of John Calvin but are instead followers of Jesus Christ. They agree with some of his theology but do not follow him.

  • cecil davis

    Sheldon’s reply was right on the money, and scripturally correct.

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  • Roger

    The worst quiz I can recall. Of the seven questions (TULIP hardly counts) only one of the “correct” answers given if actually correct (Arminianism)

  • Roger

    Please pardon my typo “is”.

  • Michael

    SOVEREIGNTY vs. FREEWILL OF MAN how Jesus taught it: http://greatprincemichael.com/HTVSG.htm

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