The American Calvinist Benjamin Guyer December 3, 2013 Commentary A singsonging polemic against the impious poem “The Calvinist” [Vimeo] by John Piper. Truly, he is no poet but clearly he doesn’t know it and his tedious rhymes continue line after line after line. His particular vices he thinks shared by all else but universal virtues he thinks unique to himself. And of beliefs he dislikes he calls by the name of theologians he’s not read but has deemed profane. Advertisement He justifies misery in the name of the Trinity but does he open his hands to the hands of the suffering? Unconstrained and thus “free,” his God surges like the sea, and like abuse, his God’s love is unpredictable and arbitrary. Now listen to him stutter as he explains to others what he does not understand, praising illogic as revelation from God’s almighty hand. Calm and collected, he claims to be saved but wait—a moment of truth!— he describes himself as “totally depraved.” Yet his patron saint has been disgraced by the madness preached in his name as divine mysteries are violated with neither fear nor shame. It is but the will worship of one long dead— for he glorifies not in the name “Christian” but in that of this Frenchman! Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYour email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email. Δ This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.