“This is not a theology issue, but rather a love issue. The ivory tower of Neo-Calvinism has reached so high, I’m not sure what the point is anymore. Calvinist bloggers only stimulate other Calvinist bloggers. Neo-Calvinism has become the ghetto of the ghetto of the Christian subculture. Somehow the sincere search for deeper doctrine has led to arrogance, inhouse fighting, a ridiculously isolated blogosphere, and 20 year olds condescending to everyone. Doctrine-nerds are yelling “heresy” and “blasphemy” without a clue how serious those charges are, and also without a single gesture of brotherly love or empathy. Disagreements do not mean nuclear war. How Jesus would grieve over these New Pharisees.”
I share these feelings JS Park has about the online community of Neo-Calvinism (though I’m sure Park and I probably differ on some theological issues). Most “Neo-Calvinists” have rarely ever engaged or read other theologies on their own turf - most of what they know of Arminianism, Catholicism and Eastern Orthodox and varying other theologies are from, gasp, Reformed people. Caricatures abound. Just because someone you enjoy listening to says something is “biblical”, doesn’t mean it actually is. I’ve encountered a decent amount of “be wary of this guy” about my blog because I don’t agree with the pillars of Calvinism. Encountering these people reminds me of the Stoop Kid episode from Hey Arnold. The Stoop Kid is afraid to leave his stoop, so he terrorizes anyone that comes near. In actuality, their world is limited to this little place amongst the bigger neighborhood of theology.
That’s not to say all Calvinists are remotely like this. One of my great friends is Calvinist, but she’s not a jerk (I think I’m more of a jerk to her sometimes…). We constantly talk about theology and we acknowledge that we don’t agree. But we both still love Jesus and want to see the Kingdom of God manifest on earth. And that’s what ultimately counts.