Saw this on facebook with a Catholic friend of mine:
Catholic Convertskii, after bashing Calvinism: Yeah, if you read Calvin you’ll be amazed at some of the wack things he said.
Other Catholic: How much Calvin have you read?
Convertskii: About 1/3 of the Institutes.
This is why Wedgeworth and others ridiculed the convertskii movement so much. Convertskii as a general rule have’t read deeply in the Reformed tradition. If you haven’t read Calvin, then you have’t really wrestled with the heart-issues of the system. Now, is it necessary to read Calvin and Musculus to really arrive at the truth? No. But if you are claiming to pursue the truth and address all of the major concerns, you have to read Calvin (especially…gasp…if you are refuting Calvinism!).
I refuted this same gentleman on Thomism earlier in the year. And the reason I felt so successful was that I had read at least 1500 pages of the 2500 of Summa Theologiae. I plan to finish the whole thing by next May, deo Volente. I knew the issues. Even though I didn’t agree with Aquinas, I respected the system and really understood what he was aiming for.
This gentleman wrote a slam today on Facebook where he was asking how Calvinists could say that they “couldn’t fall from grace when Paul says in Galatians that you can.” If he is arguing against Calvinistic Baptists, it’s a strong argument. Reformed Presbyterians, however, believe in the doctrine of the Covenant. The covenant is unconditional in its essence but quite conditional in its administration. Of course, had he read Calvin he would have known that.