Skip to main content

View Diary: Nearly half of Americans willing to concede that poverty may not result from character flaws (100 comments)

Comment Preferences

  •  Interpretations of predestination (4+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    gfre, Aunt Pat, Dreidlgirl, Oh Mary Oh

    The problem likely comes from how some sects interpreted the 'predestination' idea. From what I understan, Calvin himself thought there was no way of knowing who was saved and who wasn't, but inevitably certain people began looking for visible signs of salvation. Wealth was the most obvious sign of salvation, and indigence the most obvious sign of damnation.

    If I can shoot rabbits, then I can shoot fascists- Manic Street Preachers

    by Liberal Of Limeyland on Fri Jun 20, 2014 at 03:41:51 PM PDT

    [ Parent ]

    •  the word "predestination" has pretty much (2+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      Aunt Pat, Oh Mary Oh

      disappeared from the mainline Presbyterian church.
      Generally, the denomination itself is pretty liberal --

      see Office of Public Witness (PCUSA)...  

      but some congregations feel otherwise, and many are a mixed bag.

      "I think in America, the opposite of poverty is justice." Bryan Stevenson

      by gfre on Fri Jun 20, 2014 at 04:01:33 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  Yes I think it is just the PCA that believes in (0+ / 0-)

        predestination. The reason I say that is because my sister once belonged to a PCA church ( Presbyterian Church of America), which is the more conservative, evangelical type Presbyterian church.  We were talking about my mother's death and she was saying how God determined all of that from the time Mom was conceived and so on. I almost laughed but I wanted to be respectful as she was so sincere. But we were raised Methodist but all of us ended up in various churches. So my parents, myself, all of our family never believed in predestination but she was the lone one in our family during that period of time. And she said that is what she was taught at her PCA church.

        Keystone Liberals on Twitter @ KeystoneLibs , Join PA Liberals at

        by wishingwell on Mon Jun 23, 2014 at 08:33:15 AM PDT

        [ Parent ]

        •  Well, there are two kinds of predestination. (1+ / 0-)
          Recommended by:

          The first is the regular kind, where you still have free will but God knows in advance what choices you are going to make (due to time being non-linear for God).  The other is called double predestination and that is the one commonly associated with Calvinism.

          You have watched Faux News, now lose 2d10 SAN.

          by Throw The Bums Out on Mon Jun 23, 2014 at 02:45:16 PM PDT

          [ Parent ]

    •  Providentialism (2+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      Yonit, METAL TREK

       a mental acceptance of the provision that all that happens in the world is for the greater good, since "God created the social order and appointed each individual in his place within it"

      I think the biblical reference cited for this stuff was, "by their fruits shall you know them."

      This idea seems to have been popular among certain elements of the English gov't during the Irish potato famine. Charles Trevelyan, who was treasurer at the time,described the famine as 'a direct stroke of an all-wise and all-merciful Providence', one which laid bare 'the deep and inveterate root of social evil'. The famine, he declared, was 'the sharp but effectual remedy by which the cure is likely to be effected... God grant that the generation to which this great opportunity has been offered may rightly perform its part...' and he opposed any food assistance on the grounds that the free market was the will of God.

      The Irish were lazy and drunk and, worst of all, Catholic; the famine was God's judgement and it would be wrong to interfere with His will. Pretty much.

      I read a book on the famine not too long ago, and was struck by the similarity to statements of American conservatives today. The idea that bad things only happen to bad people is, sadly, still very much alive.

      •  Pat Robertson said as much after 9/11 (2+ / 0-)
        Recommended by:
        Yonit, METAL TREK

        when he blamed gays, feminists, pro-choice supporters, and so on.

        And no, I don't think we can blame Calvin for all of this. What little I've read seems to indicate that he was a lot less harsh than Robertson and his ilk.

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

  • Recommended (129)
  • Community (62)
  • Elections (39)
  • 2016 (37)
  • Environment (36)
  • Bernie Sanders (35)
  • Hillary Clinton (30)
  • Culture (30)
  • Media (29)
  • Republicans (29)
  • Climate Change (27)
  • Education (23)
  • Congress (23)
  • Spam (23)
  • Civil Rights (22)
  • Barack Obama (21)
  • Trans-Pacific Partnership (21)
  • Labor (21)
  • Texas (20)
  • Law (20)
  • Click here for the mobile view of the site