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Definition the theological system of John Calvin and his followers emphasizing omnipotence of God and salvation by grace alone
  • The doctrine of predestination is probably the most controversial aspect of Calvinism.
  • Eugene looked at the dull earnest faces, lured from the solid pews of Calvinism to the shadowland of metaphysics.
    Thomas Wolfe  --  Look Homeward, Angel
  • La Rochelle, which had derived a new importance from the ruin of the other Calvinist cities, was, then, the focus of dissensions and ambition.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • Above the comforts of Base Camp, the expedition in fact became an almost Calvinistic undertaking.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into Thin Air
  • The power Barbara wields here—the power that wields Barbara herself—is not Calvinism, not Presbyterianism, not Methodism— UNDERSHAFT.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Major Barbara
  • A definition which tho' savoring of Calvinism, by no means involves Calvin's dogmas as to total mankind.
    Herman Melville  --  Billy Budd
  • Centuries ago Calvinist faith turned the cathedral into a hangar, its only function being to keep the prayers of the faithful safe from rain and snow.
    Milan Kundera  --  The Unbearable Lightness of Being
  • Such is Calvinism,[239] Quakerism,[240] Swedenborgism.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson  --  Selected Essays
  • Major Major's father had a Calvinist's faith in predestination and could perceive distinctly how everyone's misfortunes but his own were expressions of God's will.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • This was a junta of Calvinist fanatics who felt that the Estates-General, controlled by the privileged classes, no longer represented the skilled workers, had lost touch entirely with the people.
    Thomas Pynchon  --  The Crying of Lot 49
  • I felt a sharp pang of homesickness, and abruptly wondered what in God's name was I doing here in the unimaginable reaches of Brooklyn, an ineffective and horny Calvinist among all these Jews?
    William Styron  --  Sophie's Choice
  • Throughout there was a strange bitterness; an absence of consolatory gentleness; stern allusions to Calvinistic doctrines — election, predestination, reprobation — were frequent; and each reference to these points sounded like a sentence pronounced for doom.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • Once more he saw himself the young banker's clerk, with an agreeable person, as clever in figures as he was fluent in speech and fond of theological definition: an eminent though young member of a Calvinistic dissenting church at Highbury, having had striking experience in conviction of sin and sense of pardon.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • Having fairly well advanced his own affairs, Angel listened in a willing silence, as they jogged on together through the shady lanes, to his father's account of his parish difficulties, and the coldness of brother clergymen whom he loved, because of his strict interpretations of the New Testament by the light of what they deemed a pernicious Calvinistic doctrine.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d'Urbervilles
  • There were still people in Clyde who remembered the frontier, and like America itself, the town lived by a mixture of diluted Calvinism and a strong belief in "progress," Young Sherwood, known as "Jobby"—the boy always ready to work—showed the kind of entrepreneurial spirit that Clyde respected: folks expected him to become a "go-getter," And for a time he did.
    Sherwood Anderson  --  Winesburg, Ohio
  • ] [Footnote 239: Calvinism, the doctrines of John Calvin (1509-1564).
    Ralph Waldo Emerson  --  Selected Essays
  • A cardinal doctrine of Calvinism is predestination.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson  --  Selected Essays
  • It was the Calvinists, sir, who reduced it to this condition.
    Gustave Flaubert  --  Madame Bovary
  • Indeed, I'm sure it was both my residual Calvinism and my clerical disguise—also that damnable church bell—which helped cause me to falter so badly when Sophie woke me.
    William Styron  --  Sophie's Choice
  • It became necessary, therefore, to destroy this last bulwark of Calvinism—a dangerous leaven with which the ferments of civil revolt and foreign war were constantly mingling.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers

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