Friday, December 23, 2011

This Week in Calvinism - December 23, 2011

  • Justin Taylor on the persecution of Christians in Kim Jong-Il's North Korea.

  • The Society of Evangelical Arminians takes issue with Justin's post:
    It is simply baffling that Calvinists can decry the diabolical, heinous actions of Kim Jong-Il (and others like him), and yet they hold that God first conceived in his own divine heart every one of the man's wicked actions, thought them up without any influence outside of himself, and unconditionally and irresistibly decreed them without any influence outside of himself, resulting in the man doing them all without any chance, power, or ability to do anything else. It's madness I tell you! Madness!!
    What's madness is believing in the alternative: God creating a world in which people suffer the effects of evil without any meaning or purpose.

  • Shocker. An Arminian considers Roger Olson's latest book, Against Calvinism, to be "an accurate assessment and successful critique" of Calvinism.

  • Jeremy Walker explores New Calvinism's caveats and characteristics, notes its commendations, discusses some cautions and concerns, and offers his conclusions and counsels.


Bob Turner said...

Have you seen "The Calvinist Santa"?? LOL

David Bartosik said...

drawn to your blog by the "christian hedonist" debate with you, some guy and brother booth---I really appreciated you articulating JP's and Edwards perspective, and having followed this guy at different sites I think your very last statement on the comment section of the post on April 26th, 2007 was brilliant,

"To be honest, I'm still trying to figure out what exactly confuses you about this issue. Do you believe that John Piper is a worldly pleasure-seeker who is just grasping desperately for some justification for his own selfishness? Is it that you think his talk of seeking pleasure in God could lead someone down a dangerous, self-destructive path should they misinterpret his words? Or do you just have a problem with happy Christians?"

There was no reply.

thanks for your words here about the suffering and purpose of it-how those who do not believe in God's sovereignty view it and I look forward to checking your blog out from time to time in the future!

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