Let's be honest, Calvin and Hobbs is more fun than the views of Calvin the theologian! Calvin and Hobbs is full of color and childlike imagination.
Not so Calvin the theologian! Have you ever read Calvin's Institutes? They are very heavy and do not have any cartoons in it! Not a lot of fun.
Jesus said we must become "like children" if we are to understand the Kingdon. If this is true then is it possible He likes Calvin and Hobbs better than the Institutes? Maybe this is an unfair question but it makes a point ... the Calvin arguments are for a very limited group of high-intellect folks that are not very often child-like.
I fell in with this camp for years. I read many of the "Reformed" writers of the 17th century forward. I went to the conferences and bought the books (Piper, Sproul, Boice, etc.) but many of the nagging questions (see previous post) and the inability to marry the "reformed" view with Scripture and life were too much to ignore.
Is it not possible that we need another reformation? Maybe we need to reform ourselves again. Maybe we need a childlike response to these things again. Maybe we need to add some pictures to our limited worldview.
Is there a way to acknowledge God's sovereignty and yet allow people to make choices? Do people have a will in salvation? Can these work together?
What if we have interpreted the Bible wrong? What if God did elect some folks to maintain the Kingdom message through time? What if God chose and even predestined key individuals for the purpose of proclaiming salvation to the nations?
What if the highest election was His own Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, and those whom He would choose to follow Him? What if we are wrong on the whole deal and miss the fact that people are saved by hearing the message (Romand 10:9-10; Ephesians 1:13) of the Kingdom proclaimed by those the King had chosen?
Can any of this be supported by Scripture? Yes, and yes again!