ABP Answers "Neo-Calvinist" Usage
Kevin Hash contacted the writer of ABP article about Mark Dever concerning the usage of the term "neo-Calvinist." Here is what the writer said (the comment can be found here).
I appreciate your inquiry. I thought seriously about using that term before I employed it in my story, but I think it's descriptive because of the nature of many of the SBC's new Calvinists. Those who hold to five-point Calvinism in the SBC are often people who have grown up in SBC churches with a more modified Calvinist/Arminian-friendly (for lack of a more succinct term for that) kind of belief regarding soteriology, but claim to be reclaiming a belief that was held to by many more Southern Baptists historically. Their rhetoric often reflects the belief that they are reclaiming something that had been largely lost in Southern Baptist life until recent decades (e.g., the use of the term "Founders" in the name of the largest fellowship of SBC Calvinists).
In order for readers to understand a little better that this was a renewal or reclamation movement in the eyes of its advocates, I used the prefix "neo" before "Calvinists" in one reference.So what do you think? Neo-Calvinist or retro-Calvinist?