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Calvinists do still believe in predestination as does every Christian who values the word of God because the word itself is in scripture. :) However, the definition of the word and how it has played out is what has been disputed for ages. Calvinists hold that God predestined the elect to salvation before the laying of the foundations of the world. A Calvinist believes that the Bible teaches that Man is fallen in sin and TOTALLY unable to do anything meriting salvation and therefore it can only be a totally independent act of God which saves people. Grace is the essential element in God's sovereign work of salvation. Grace means unmerited favor and that is exactly why he saves some, because of His unmerited favor according to His perfect will. In fact, the Calvinist tradition specifically hold to what is often called the Doctrines of Grace, summarized by the acronym T.U.L.I.P.

I don't know the baptists you have interacted with but I am a Baptist in that I hold to the 1689 London baptist confession. Further more one of the greatest Calvinist preachers was a baptist, Charles Haddon Spurgeon. It's actually pretty common to see Baptists who hold to the doctrines of Grace laid out by the reformation.

Good question, I hope I answered it sufficiently.

"Do not suppose that abuses are eliminated by destroying the object which is abused.Men can go wrong with wine and women.Shall we then prohibit and abolish women? The sun, the moon,and the stars have been worshiped.Shall we then pluck them out of the sky?