After roughly 200 years of decline, Calvinism, the faith of the Puritans, has made a modest comeback among younger Evangelical Christians. One of the movement’s potent mentors is Albert Mohler, the influential, telegenic head of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, who made waves last June when he critiqued the religious claims of Presidential contender Barak Obama in an essay called Secularism With A Smile.
Mohler, a Calvinist, went into the hospital in December for a fairly routine stomach operation and suddenly developed pulmonary embolisms, a frequently fatal form of clotting, in both lungs. After emergency surgery and four days in the Intensive Care unit, he made a complete recovery. David Van Biema asked him whether his crisis could illuminate his brand of faith.
In reading this interview, one thing is clear. The old questions are the same questions people ask today. How can God be sovereign and man be truly free? What kind of freedom does man have, if any? Etc. The questions continue to reveal the presumption that human autonomy is the basic given in the universeâ€”an assumption that is not warranted anywhere in scripture (e.g., Acts 17:25-28).
There’s nothing new under the sun, and I thank God for that.