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Why “BlackCalvinist” ?

Simple question. Buncha answers.

Simple answer.

I’m black.

I hold to reformed theology.


Slightly-enlogated answer.

I’m black (African-American, person of color or person of African descent born in America).

I hold to reformed theology (Westminster Confession, Nicene-Constantinople Creed, Apostle’s Creed, Five Solas, Five Points of Calvinism, Covenant Theology).


The “How did you pick your nickname” answer.

Original nickname: Xarminian…. as in Ex (former) Arminian (a theological system which puts man as the final determiner of his/her salvation).

I think I came up with BlackCalvinist some time in the middle of 2002 or 2003….kinda for obvious reasons (see the “simple answer” above). I thought the name was ‘cool’. 😎


The “How did we end up here” answer (circa 2006).

We have a blogpost for that.

The Road to Calvinism – how I got here


The “you worship John Calvin” or “I am of Calvin” answer.

The name “Calvinism” was a nickname for the system of theology based on the teachings of French reformer, Jean (John) Cauvin (Calvin).  Calvin didn’t come up with the name (in fact, he’d probably be horrified that someone was using his name as a term to describe a system of theology). The term calvinism first popped up around 1577 (Calvin died in 1564)…. as an insult to those who held to reformed theology (coincidentally, “Lutheran” and “Christian” started off as insults too).

Anyway, the term began to be used to describe an entire system of theology.  Over 250 years, it got diluted a bit down to “the five points” (The five points of response from the Synod of Dordt to the Remonstrants, 1618-1619). And many hairs were split defining the difference between calvinist, reformed, truly reformed and soteriological calvinists.

So yeah, long story short, I sometimes prefer to use the term reformed theology instead of calvinism because someone (and I’ve been reformed since 2000….I’ve had this conversation 3 quintillion times….) will always find this to be a satisfactory reason to not listen or have a decent discussion. The system existed long before him (think Augustine of Hippo…and Paul).  When I use those terms, I’m almost always talking about more than just “the five points”.