Document: H. Evan Runner, The Development of Calvinism in North America on the Background of its Development in Europe (n.d.).

Excerpt: The subject your committee assigned me is much too vast to be treated here in all its ramifications. We shall have to be selective. There is, however, more than one way to be selective. For our present subject we might decide to select a limited number of doctrinal questions and treat them in succession. E.g. we might discuss first the fortunes of the doctrine of the covenant, and then the debate about predestination and free-will or the problem of infra- and supralapsarianism, and so on. The disadvantages of such a method are: (1) that one has looked at certain aspects of Calvinism but at the same time has passed over others, thus acquiring only a partial perspective, or probably no perspective at all; (2) that one has missed the single, heart of Calvinism. A better selective treatment therefore would be to attempt to grasp the core-meaning of Calvinism and trace its fortunes here in the New World on the background of its fortunes in the Old. In this second way we can, in a sense, deal with the whole of our subject without having treated separately every one of its aspects.

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