I am curious... How many of you here grew up in a non-Cist background and became 'Calvinist' before you even knew what "Calvinism" was? That was my experience. I grew up in a Southern Baptist church (father was a pastor) and knew Scripture but had never studied it for myself. At 22 I first read straight through Scripture. At the end i was very excited about all the new things I had learned. However, many seemed contradictory to what I had grown up with, so I began discussing them with older men in the church. Many started calling me a "Calvinist" when they heard my arguments. I was like "Huh?! Whats that? I think I recognize the word but thats about it." So, after numerous men starting referring to me in terms like "You Calvinists...<fill in the blank>" (huh? I didn't even know if I had ever even met a "Calvinist" much knew what one was - everything I knew at that point was from reading Scripture and nothing else), I figured I had better go and find out what this Calvinism thing was. It was very exciting for me to discover that what I saw in Scripture had been seen by numerous godly men before me. Anyways, I am curious as to how many Baptists here had a similar experience.