Simply put, this blog intends to showcase Calvinist poets and their poetry.
The label “Calvinist” here is not intended to invoke a party spirit, nor is it meant to over-exalt the teachings of a man named John Calvin. Rather, it is used as short-hand for one who believes in the Doctrines of Grace which are found in the Bible and also the historic Reformed Protestant confessions.
Not all the poetry will be explicitly religious in subject matter, but all of it will come from those who have a deep seated commitment to confessional Calvinistic and Reformed orthodoxy. Poets from ages past and the present will be included in hopes that the Church will be inspired to continue to make excellent and beautiful poetry.
This blog is managed by Mark Nenadov.
Historically, there have been many excellent “Calvinist” poets. The mission of this blog is to showcase Calvinist poets and their poetry with the hopes of playing a small role in the revival of Reformed/Calvinistic poetry in the 21st century.
It is a shame that the modern Protestant church, which has had such a rich poetic history, is encountering a fairly significant dearth of poetry! As Peter Leithart once said, we “are devotees of the Word, people of the book. Yet we can’t write stories or poetry. This is a scandal”.
The manifesto of this site is probably best summed up in this short excerpt from one of John Newton Brown’s books:
“poetic talent, like every other gift of God, imposes upon its possessor a responsibility to cultivate and employ it, in obedience to His will, for the benefit of mankind;—and that, as the world will always continue to read Poetry, so the more of Christian Poetry in the world, the better”.
Church history professor Michael Haykin also put it well when he said:
“It is noteworthy that when Andrew Fuller was deeply moved, he would recite out loud lines of poetry that expressed the deep emotions he was feeling.
Poetry, though, has largely fallen out of favour with many Christian thinkers and theologians since then. This is a real shame. There are some things that poetry can better express than theological discourse.”
Here is a video discussing some of these things: