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A Three-Year-Old's Calvinism

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A Three-Year-Old's Calvinism

Submitted by Bob Hope.

A three-year-old child had a little tantrum, which led to this brief conversation between her Dad and her:

—“Could you please stop that tantrum!”

—“No, I can’t stop!”

—“Would you please try to stop, then.”

—“Noooo Dad, I CAN’T try!”

So there you have it: the whole classical Calvinist system in a nutshell. To which Jonathan Edwards added his own cunning twist (a twist which both betrayed and perfected the old Calvinist system): “I really could do it if I tried; but I can’t try, so I can’t do it!”