Crypto-Calvinist – a Lutheran in name, but a follower of Calvin’s theology in practice.
Dante, Alighieri (1265-1321) – Italian poet, writer of “The Divine Comedy,” an allegory of Christian progression after death; gave popular expression to the false Roman Catholic teachings of “limbo” and “purgatory.”
Darwin, Charles (1809-1882) – English natural scientist, formulated his theory of evolution, originally called “Transmutation of Species,” during a five-year voyage around S. America. He published his “Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection” in 1859. Since then he wavered continually between agnosticism and Christian faith. His private nurse records that he returned to faith by reading the Book of Hebrews shortly before his death. This is vehemently denied by his followers today.
Dead Sea Scrolls – Ancient documents written by the Jewish sects of the Essenes between 150 B.C. and A.D. 70, discovered in 1947; contains all or portions of every OT Book, and proves the Old Testament’s reliability and authenticity.
Deism – Religious rationalism which sees God as a clock-maker, who gave the world its impetus and then left it to run its course on its own. The most prominent religious view among many of the U.S. “Founding Fathers.”