History of the Church

Joseph Smith Encounters Calvinism

This daily feature is an introduction to a full article by Robert L. Millet. Each Wednesday we focus on an aspect of church history. Today is the 510th birthday of John Calvin, a principle figure in the development of the system of Christian theology later known as Calvinism. To read the full text of this article, follow the link below.

In seventeenth-century Europe, followers of John Calvin debated with followers of Jacob Arminius about five main doctrinal points: the total depravity of man, God's unconditional election of certain people, the limited nature of the Atonement, the irresistibility of God's grace, and the perseverance of the Saints. This article gives a brief account of that controversy and then compares the teachings of Joseph Smith and Mormonism on these same five points of doctrine.