Is Atheism a Fruit of Calvinism? Jesse Morrell

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Something I have noticed is that many of the arguments against Christianity that atheists have assume a Calvinistic view of God – that everything that happens is God’s fault.

I wondered why this was the case until I later realized that many of these atheists actually were former Calvinists or grew up in Calvinistic homes and churches.

I have personally witnessed numerous times Calvinists eventually becoming atheists.

I think this might be because Calvinism blames God for every evil act. One former Calvinist I know used to heavily teach on the “Sovereignty of God,” but when his wife left him and took all his kids because of all his sinning, he started blaming God. “Why is God doing this to me?” And the last I saw he was cursing God and saying, “I hate God!”

Has anyone else noticed that atheism appears to be one of the fruits of Calvinism? I can see why someone would rather believe in atheism than to believe in Calvinism, to believe that there is no god at all than to believe that God is the author of all misery.

~ Jesse Morrell

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4 Responses to Is Atheism a Fruit of Calvinism? Jesse Morrell

  1. David Thurman says:

    Absolutely. People who believe even a little in absolute sovereignty are easily stumbled at God. They always say “There is a reason for everything that happens” and feel God has caused whatever calamity. That is why as a jail chaplain I “love” LOL, the expression “I caught a case” as if they had nothing to do with it it just fell out of the sky like someone dropped a piano on them.

  2. Calvinists cannot deny that God has decreed people to be atheists. In this way atheism is a fruit of the god of Calvinism.

  3. Danny says:

    I agree too Jesse. Three of the worlds most successful religions seem teach essentially the same doctrine. Naturalism, Islam and Calvinism all claim an impersonal unmoved mover. I suspect all three are dirived from the Hellenists. Whether it’s called Islam, Calvinism, or Big Bang the dieity is essentially the same.
    I double checked Islam on Wikipedia which says …
    “predestination” is the usual English language rendering of a belief that Muslims call al-qaḍāʾ wa al-qadr. The phrase means “the divine decree and the predestination”; al-qadr derives from a root that means to measure out.

  4. Well, I for one wasn’t a Calvinist.

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