What Does It Mean to Be a Calvinist?: A Philosophical Autobiography

This study is the author's process of separating his thinking about the world from a purely philosophical mindset to a worldview that is influenced heavily by a Calvinistic way of perceiving the world.


“This is an autobiographical reflection about the personal redundant influence of Calvinist theology on the development of the author's worldview. Calvin was trained in law, not trained in philosophy. Therefore, Calvin thought of the Bible as a legal document rather than as a philosophical treatise. This meant that Calvin thought of God in a legal way, not a metaphysical way. He also thought that the Bible is the legal constitution of the Christian religion and he interprets the Bible from that ‘strict constructionist’ mindset.”

Table of Contents

1.Childhood (Age 2-12)
2.Puberty (Age 13-17)
3.College (Age 17-21)
4.My Year in France (Age 19)
5. Experiencing God's Presence (Age 21)
6. How the Mind Works (Age 21)
7. An Ethics of Pure Love (Age 22)
8. God's Point of View
9. Understanding Sin as Addiction (Age 23)
10. The Seneca Indian Reservation
11. Learning to Think Mythologically (Age 24)
12. The Myth That Saved Me (Age 25)
13. Reading Calvin (Age 27)
14. The Meaning of the Sabbath (Age 30)
15. Jonathan Edwards (Age 32)
16. The Social Gospel (Age 34)
17. The Calvinist Achievement
Midlude: The Reformation of My Mind
18. Martin Luther
19. My Battle Against Satan & Sex (Age 37)
20. The Gift of Christ
21. Transcendental Consciousness