Friday, May 20, 2011

This Week in Calvinism - May 20, 2011

  • Arminian Roger Olson rejects the notion that "God always does the wisest thing."

  • C. Michael Patton responds.

  • Catholic Joe Heschmeyer wrongly states the Calvinist position on limited atonement, saying that "no amount of faith or virtue could ever save" those for whom Christ did not die. Actually, Calvinists would say that the gift of faith is only given to those for whom Christ died.

  • An interesting article in the Huffington Post on "green Calvinism." The author concludes that, with closer examination, "we begin to see that Reformed Christians who seem so prudish and proper were actually a people of passionate desire. Calvinist believers who seem so focused on divine transcendence were closet nature mystics exulting in God's beauty everywhere."

  • Dan Phillips lists 17 ways in which cult leader Harold Camping glorifies God.

1 comment:

Joe Heschmeyer said...

Lee,

Is what I said a misstatement? Or just not the way that you would put it? It seems like the logical conclusion of your own argument.

Your claim, "the gift of faith is only given to those for whom Christ died," is one everyone agrees with. But if by that you actually mean, "Christ died only for the elect," and "the gift of faith is only given to the elect," then it sounds like you're saying that not only do the non-elect not have faith, but it wouldn't matter if they did, since Christ didn't die for them, and thus, they can never be saved.

That is, when I said that "no amount of faith or virtue could ever save" the non-elect within the Calvinist schema, what's your actual disagreement? I'm wanting to actually grasp the Calvinist view on Limited Atonement better.

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