- the doctrines and teachings of John or his followers, emphasizing predestination, the sovereignty of God, the supreme authority of the Scriptures, and the irresistibility of grace.Compare .
- adherence to these doctrines.
- the theological system of John Calvin and his followers, characterized by emphasis on the doctrines of predestination, the irresistibility of grace, and justification by faith
1560s, from John Calvinian was in use in 1566. Generalized association with stern moral codes and predestination is attested since at least 1853. Related: Calvinist.(1509-1564), Protestant reformer, + . Alternative form
The religious doctrines of John. Calvin stressed that people are saved through God’s grace, not through their own merits. The most famous of Calvin’s ideas is his doctrine of . In the United States, the make up the largest single group of (see also ) in the Calvinist tradition.