The first of this year my worldview was challenged when I realized a new friend whom I highly respected was 'Reformed'. I came to this BB hoping to be informed as to what exactly Calvinism was and in the spirit of Aristotle's quote, "It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it." I have attempted to make my inquiry. Not simply to entertain myself, for such a challenge to one's worldview is in no way entertaining, but to consider what should be believed and then submit myself to this belief and live accordingly (as I had done with the KJVO issue just six months prior). Since March I have been researching and following the pertinent threads and in April I joined the BB to further participate. In large part I feel that my objective has been accomplished but I can't help but think that what I have been reading from the pro-calvinist side has not been accurately presented... or at least it is not fairly representing mainstream calvinism. It seems to me that not even most of the active calvinists on this BB are contributing to the debate. Also possible is that some may not be expressing their disagreement with other more insistent and persistent calvinists on this board. However, their lack of expression seems to be a silent admission that what is being represented is an accurate view of calvinism. There are people I highly respect from both sides, scholars and friends. There are arguments from both perspectives that are challenging to me no matter what I may believe. Nevertheless, the responsibility as to what to believe is mine and so I should hope to come to a settled opinion on the matter. Before I do, however, I'd like to ask my fellow BBers, especially those who happen to be calvinists, whether they think that Calvinism is accurately or fairly presented and defended by your fellow calvinists on this BB?