The Points of Calvinism: Retrospect and Prospect

I have another site called “Genuine Historical Calvinism” because custom has made “Calvinism”  (or “the 5-points of Calvinism”) familiar and easier to recognize, and not because I am unaware of the arguably more precise labels of “Reformed catholic” or “Reformed catholicity” (cf. R.L. Dabney, The Five Points of Calvinism, p. 3). Also, I’m aware that the “Reformed Tradition” is quite broad and diverse (cf. the many historical-theological works of Richard A. Muller). Muller writes:

“…there is no historical association between the acrostic TULIP and the Canons of Dort. As far as we know, both the acrostic and the associated usage of “five points of Calvinism” are of Anglo-American origin and do not date back before the nineteenth century. [15] It is remarkable how quickly bad ideas catch on. When, therefore, the question of Calvin’s relationship to Calvinism is reduced to this popular floral meditation — did Calvin teach TULIP? — any answer will be grounded on a misrepresentation. Calvin himself, certainly never thought of this model, but neither did later so-called Calvinists. Or, to make the point in another way, Calvin and his fellow Reformers held to doctrines that stand in clear continuity with the Canons of Dort, but neither Calvin nor his fellow Reformers, nor the authors of the Canons, would have reduced their confessional position to TULIP” (Richard A. Muller, Was Calvin a Calvinist?).

Anyway, Muller’s footnote “[15]” is of the following article by Kenneth J. Stewart:

Points of Calvinism Retrospect and Prospect (by Kenneth J. Stewart)