I never really understood Calvinism and its offshoots. I was raised Methodist, which was anti-Calvinist at its roots, veered towards Unitarian Universalist in my late teens, wandered around different denominations and religions, always tending on the liberal side, went full-to-roots to Eastern Orthodox for 5 years, and now consider myself agnostic. (as in: “I dunno”).
Yet in all of my religious travels, Calvinism always remained a strange thing to me. It must start on a different footing. I see modern science as a logical offshoot of Calvinism (with the exception of the more ecological branches of the sciences, which shot off from the Victorian Romance / more vague liberal God that’s more similar to what I grew up with).
So any enlightenment you can give might help. I’ve got a big blank spot in my head when I think “Calvinism”, usually filled with not-so-nice notions.