The Common Good
August 2012

Progressive Calvinism

by Walter Brueggemann | August 2012

Re: “The Face of Hate” (interview by Joanie Eppinga, June 2012): Thanks for your great work! But your caricature of Calvinism is uninformed and unnecessary. Not only in the interview with Barrett-Fox but also in your editors’ note, you lump together “conservative” and “Calvinism.” You can do better than that! Progressive Calvinism is alive and well, at the forefront of the justice work. You abhor stereotypes, but you perpetuate this one.

Walter Brueggemann
Cincinnati, Ohio

As usual, Brueggemann is right: While Westboro claims to be in the Calvinist tradition, their beliefs and actions bear little resemblance to most people in the Reformed family. —The Editors

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