Friday, March 08, 2013

This Week in Calvinism - March 8, 2013

  • I had never heard of "process theology" until I read this post by Meg English. She writes, "Process theology is a complex way of explaining God's relationship with humans that contrasts sharply with the views of Calvinism. Process theology suggests that God is not omnipotent or omniscient, as he is viewed by the Calvinists." What's interesting is that she traces the roots of process theology to Jonathan Edwards. Wait. Jonathan Edwards the Calvinist? That Jonathan Edwards? Sounds like someone needs to brush up on her history.

  • Tim Challies reviews Killing Calvinism by Greg Dutcher.

  • The Society of Evangelical Arminians had to go back to December of 2011 to attack this straw man:
    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!!

  • Dave Miller of SBC Voices wants to close down all comments and discussions related to Calvinism on the site.

  • TULIP as interpreted by a Christian Hedonist.

  • Kent Brandenburg believes that "there is no evidence in the New Testament or in extrabiblical Koiné that the noun foreknow (prognosis) or the verb to foreknow (proginosko) mean anything other than precognition." So, does that mean God learns by taking in new information? He isn't directing things according to his will but simply responding to what he sees?

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