Friday, March 02, 2012

This Week in Calvinism - March 2, 2012

  • Atheist Daniel Fincke describes his brief foray into Calvinism while in college.

  • A commenter on Fincke's blog post notes that while Calvinism is morally repugnant, it does answer a lot of the hard questions in Christianity, especially those surrounding God's sovereignty: "It makes God into a monster, but there are fewer gaping holes in the fabric of their logic." I can think of one prominent Arminian who would agree with the first part of that statement.

  • A review of John Samson's new book Twelve What Abouts: Answering Common Objections Concerning God's Sovereignty in Election.

  • Pastor Bob Hadley addresses monergistic Lordship salvation:
    How does the presence of sin in the life of the new born Christian challenge the Lordship aspect of the monergistic role of God in the salvific process? If God and God alone does save and cannot fail in His decretive work, it would seem that God's salvific work would also make God sovereign in the Lordship aspect of the new born Christian's existence and that would by necessity lead to a life of sinlessness for the new born Christian.
    Well, Pastor Hadley, why doesn't God simply glorify us immediately upon regeneration?

  • The Masked Arminian Pastor answers your questions.


Anonymous said...

Christian blogger Vox Day calls John Piper a "satanist"...

Any suggestions on how to loving correct him on this?

Lee Shelton said...

Wow. I've always respected Vox as a libertarian writer, but he obviously has no grasp on Piper's theology. In fact, his comments make Roger Olson's about the Calvinist God being a "moral monster" look rather tame.

As for responding, I would only point to scripture. What does God say about himself? Is he sovereign over his creation or isn't he? Mr. Day seems to believe that God prefers a hands-off approach to ruling a universe in which evil serves no ultimate purpose.

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