• The theological approach advanced by Calvin has come to be known as 'Calvinism. ' To explain this complex doctrine, theologians often make use of the acronym T.U.L.I.P., which stands for total depravity, unconditional election, limited atonement, irresistible grace, and perseverance of the saints.


  • TULIP is the acronym for the basic ideas of classical Calvinism. (The simplistic version) T -- total depravity. This doesnt mean people are as bad as they can be. It means that sin is in every part of ones being, including the mind and will, so that a man cannot save himself.

    One may also ask, what is Calvinism in simple terms? Definition of Calvinism. : the theological system of Calvin and his followers marked by strong emphasis on the sovereignty of God, the depravity of humankind, and the doctrine of predestination.

    Then, where did the acronym Tulip come from?

    An early printed appearance of the T-U-L-I-P acronym is in Loraine Boettners 1932 book, The Reformed Doctrine of Predestination. The acronym was very cautiously if ever used by Calvinist apologists and theologians before the booklet by Steele and Thomas.

    What churches are Calvinist?

    Here are five Christian denominations that identify with Calvinist beliefs.

    • Primitive Baptist or Reformed Baptist Churches.
    • Presbyterian Churches.
    • Reformed Churches.
    • The United Church of Christ.
    • The Protestant Reformed Churches in America.
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