I see that a movement called "New Calvinism" is trying to sweep the nation, led most notably by someone named Mark Driscoll in Seattle. They claim to have rehabilitated the teachings of John Calvin, particularly the ideas that all humans are damned and unable to earn salvation, and that God has chosen just a few to be saved, no matter what they do, and most to be damned, no matter what they do.
They're not truly Calvinists, of course; no one can recapture a historical moment. Calvin and his followers were born because of their socio-political moment; even the English Puritans who adopted Calvinism changed it. Living religion always changes. It's clear that their leader in Seattle is no Calvinist, since he believes God talks directly to him, telling him who to marry and what career to enter into.
The difference between New and real Calvinists is that the first Calvinists were not trying to recapture something. They were revolutionaries, exacting the same kind of harsh punishments on dissenters within their group that any political revolutionary group does. They were thinking for themselves and coming up with a new religion in response to both the old Catholic church and the new Lutheran one. The Seattle "Calvinists" are making up a casserole of hodge-podge beliefs from all corners in order to shock with a new-yet-old doctrine.
Why go on and on about these "new" Calvinists? Because the article had to drag the Puritans into it!
This new group has nothing, of course, in common with the Puritans. The Puritans weren't trying to shock anyone with their faith, and they were extremely thoughtful about their religion. It was a very intellectual religion, relying on soul-searching, Bible reading, prayer, and a rationally laid out progress toward reaching a point where Grace, if it was coming to you, could be known to you. They didn't have "star" preachers who trampled the rights of their congregations; the congregation was a democratic body that asserted its control over its pastor and teachers, and there was a love and respect between the leadership and the congregation that is missing in today's version.
To link the new group to the Puritans is to sully the name of the latter, and people are all too willing to do so because they believe all the misrepresentations of this important Founding group. I don't think Mark Driscoll, Antinomian, would have lasted ten minutes in Massachusetts Bay Colony, and he clearly has nothing in common with our 18th-century Founders, who would have balked at his authoritarianism.