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Meet the New Calvinists, a generation of young Evangelicals thirsting for back-to-Bible basic. (…)
Such back-to-Bible basics strongly appeal to a generation broken by “divorce, drugs or sexual temptation,” claims Collin Hansen, the youngest religion editor at the magazine and website Christianity Today.
His book Young, Restless, Reformed: A Journalist’s Journey with the New Calvinists, was the result of his two-year quest to discover whether the trend for Reformed theology he had spotted with College contemporaries was a one-off or part of larger movement. After all Yale University had recently published a major biography of the popular 18th-century Puritan preacher Jonathan Edwards, a “number of Calvinists” were occupying top positions in US seminaries, preachers like Piper sold millions of books and had vast following at events like the student-based evangelical “Passion Conference”. In “locales as diverse as Birmingham, Alabama and New Haven, Connecticut,” he set out to discover “what makes today’s young evangelicals tick,” and thus the shape of tomorrow’s Church.
He found a generation “weary of churches that seek to entertain rather than teach, longing after the true meat of the Word” and Calvinist pastors concerned at evangelical mega-churches seemingly modelled on businesses.