The neoplatonist Church Father’s ideas were borrowed by the adherents of Reformed theology. Open theism studies a lot this historical development.
In a rare combination, my favorite global project of evangelism and my interest in open theism have a nice encounter. Graham Hill, the founding director of the Global Church Project wrote an introductory scientific essay about Augustine of Hippo’s influence on the Reformation, more specifically, on Luther, Calvin and Zwingli.
The article adds clear arguments on the intellectual addiction of Calvin, Luther and Zwingli to Augustine in a time of an “Augustinian Renaissance”. In my view,
this addiction is not a negative or positive attribute – all of us eat and drink from the table of the giants of the past.
Calvin’s all works contain more than 4000 references to the Church Father. If I had lived then, I would have been probably a hardliner Calvinist, opposing myself to the early modern Catholic Church’s corrupted practices and ruined, unbiblical theology. The ancient forms of the doctrines like grace and salvation, double predestination, free will, original sin and the invisible church were discovered, upgraded and made modern by the Reformed tradition.
If you look for the origin of the TULIP, you will then need to travel back in time, to the 4th and 5th century AD, to the age of Augustine.
Enjoy the article!