Friday, September 30, 2011

This Week in Calvinism - September 30, 2011

  • Roger Olson claims to have been fair in his new book, Against Calvinism. Yet consider his response to the first comment on his blog post:
    Patrick says:

    I honestly think the "Calvinist view" is a pagan view of Yahweh. Their understanding is how Ba'al would have acted, not Yahweh.

    BTW, I read once where Calvin himself did not teach the "over riding sovereignty" view, his successor did that.

    rogereolson says:
    I disagree–about Calvin. He most definitely did teach divine determinism. Read my book.
    So, does that mean he agrees with Patrick's conclusion that Calvinism is pagan?

  • Calvin was committed to the doctrine of definite atonement without actually committing himself to the doctrine of definite atonement. Paul Helm explains.

  • While the application of it may change, God's law does not.

  • Puritan advice on discovering God's will.

  • Phil Johnson on playing nice with heretics.


Andrew Faris said...


Come on. Be charitable when you read other Christian theologians like Olson. I'm a Calvinist too, but he's clearly not saying that Calvin's theology is pagan. All he's saying is that Calvin's theology really does affirm determinism. It's honestly completely ridiculous and unhelpful to say that Olson is saying otherwise here.

Andrew Faris
Someone Tell Me the Story

Lee Shelton said...

I think Olson was making a lame joke, but I honestly don't know what he really believes about Calvinism. After all, he is the one who said, "The God of Calvinism scares me; I'm not sure how to distinguish him from the devil."

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