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One of the most common arguments that Calvinists encounter on a frequent basis is that of the "newness" of the doctrines contained within, namely the Doctrines of Grace. Opponents of the Doctrines of Grace will commonly assert that the doctrines are no older than the time of John Calvin, as he is erroneously charged with creating and developing said doctrines. Even further, they argue that since Calvin developed the idea of God's sovereignty and man's depravity, he is, in essence, the chief creator of such radical doctrine. After all, the idea of a sovereign God is considered to be "radical" to many professing Christians today.