Mark Driscoll responded to that piece with four ways in which the "New Calvinism" is doing what the "Old Calvinism" failed to do:
- Old Calvinism was fundamental or liberal and separated from or syncretized with culture. New Calvinism is missional and seeks to create and redeem culture.
- Old Calvinism fled from the cities. New Calvinism is flooding into cities.
- Old Calvinism was cessationistic and fearful of the presence and power of the Holy Spirit. New Calvinism is continuationist and joyful in the presence and power of the Holy Spirit.
- Old Calvinism was fearful and suspicious of other Christians and burned bridges. New Calvinism loves all Christians and builds bridges between them.
Well, James Grant rightfully took issue with Driscoll's post. Go read his thoughtful response to each of Driscoll's all-too-vague, unqualified charges. Grant makes it clear that Driscoll has been unclear at best and downright wrong in his caricature of the "Old Calvinism" at worst.
I agree almost entirely with Grant's assessment, though I took some issue in a comment with his understanding of cessationists. I'm not html/blog savvy enough to know how to link directly to my comment, but I think the exchange between us that followed was good. In short, Grant's post suggests that cessationists are not in fact "fearful of the power and presence of the Spirit," and I say they are. Discussion and clarification follows. At the time of this post it's likely not finished, and it's quite cordial and friendly and all that.
If you want to know why I think cessationism happens (sounds like a disease or something when I put it like that...), go check out my comments on that post. Here's a hint on my view: most times I don't think it's entirely from the Bible!