To wake you up on a Monday morning, here’s some good-natured fun at our expense from an Arminian (who takes equal-opportunity potshots at his own camp). It’s interesting to see what “we” look like to the outside, although if the stereotype includes obsessions with Mars Hill (the “good” one) and John Piper, it would seem that he’s aiming more at Young, Restless, and Reformed than at us (i.e. Calvinists, but not necessarily the Historically, Confessionally Reformed).
He missed a few targets for some easy points. For instance, we like not just the ESV translation, but we loves us some ESV, Study, Bible. (I know I got mine, and this year, I switched the Daily Confession scripture proofs from BibleGateway.com into ESVStudyBible.org) Also memorizing the Shorter Catechism (but only Q&A 1, and maybe 33). Also paedobaptism — and even more, arguing about paedobaptism, and TULIP, and everything else that goes with the “Cage-Stage”.
I was a little disconcerted, however, about this one:
Second Generation Calvinists are highly esteemed because there are so few of them. Most children of Calvinists become either non-Calvinists (the Schaeffer route) or hyper-Calvinists (the Sproul route).
Is this an actual phenomenon, or even a prevalent stereotype? I know about Frankie, I don’t know about Sproul Jr. (or would that be III?), but I had never heard of any kind of widespread phenomenon like this. It seems to me that if catechesis does what we believe it does, the Reformed would have a very low attrition rate.