Friday, March 25, 2011

This Week in Calvinism - March 25, 2011

  • The King James Bible, the anti-Calvinist answer to the Geneva Bible, turns 400 this year.

  • Brian McLaren responds to John Piper's post about the earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan earlier this month: "To me, as I reflect on the Scriptures and on the jagged history of our planet, it is better to say that God's sovereignty is not totalitarian. God isn't the kind of king interested in absolute control. God wouldn't create that kind of relationship with the universe because God isn't that kind of God. Instead, God creates space and time for a universe to be, to become, to unfold in its own story, its own evolution."

  • Tsunamis. That pretty much sums up why Kyle Roberts is no longer a Calvinist.

  • Rich finds it "rather unsettling to have to contemplate the fact that John Calvin may have had more of an influence on Western thought than Plato or Aristotle."

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

I think it's telling that the prof who is no longer a Calvinist didn't interact with scripture "nary a once" in his article. Yep, tsunamis are so much more authoritative than God's word.

DJ

Jeff Peterson said...

Amen, DJ. That's what happens when one allows experience to define spiritual truth instead of the inspired Word.

Anonymous said...

I left this comment for Rich, the non-Calvinist:


The American Revolution was derided as the "Presbyterian Rebellion" by none other than King George III. As a Calvinist of Scots-Irish descent whose ancestors fought for our freedom alongside Washington, I'm proud of that.

Non-Christian Americans may not want to admit the debt they owe to the theology of Calvin, but the debt remains. Their every free breath proves that God richly blesses the just and the unjust.

Absent the Protestant Reformation, this nation would not have been what she has been, both for our citizens and as the beacon of hope and freedom for the world.

Ben

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