Friday, March 21, 2014

This Week in Calvinism - March 21, 2014

  • On Westboro Baptist's supposedly "consistent" Calvinist theology, Gawker's Adam Weinstein writes:
    Basically, five-point Calvinism boils down to: There's a God who saves some people and screws the rest over for eternity, and there's nothing you can really do about it. If there were, He wouldn't be God, and you wouldn't be a depraved, terrible not-God quivering mass of id urges.
    Far be it from me to think someone might actually try doing a little research on a topic before writing about it.

  • On the Young, Restless, Reformed Movement, it's Roger Olson's opinion that "there are ideological and faddish dimensions to the YRRM that help explain its popularity. By no means does that detract from the good that it does. The passion for missions, for example, is certainly a benefit." But, yeah, it's mostly ideological and faddish. He concludes, "Something else will replace it—in a few years."

  • Roger Olson argues "that belief in double predestination is simply logically incompatible with the claim that God is good—unless 'good' is emptied of all meaning so that it is a useless cipher for something we don't know." Someone please remind Dr. Olson that "double predestination" does not mean "equal ultimacy."

  • Kevin DeYoung's nine thoughts on celebrity pastors, controversy, the New Calvinism, etc.

  • Matthew Barrett shares his thoughts on John Piper's recent lecture at Westminster Theological Seminary.

  • Reflecting on Piper's lecture, Jared Oliphint lists 12 features of the New Calvinism.

  • Rick Phillips sees the New Calvinism as a triumph of the Old.

  • D. G. Hart points out that the New Calvinism is not the Old.


Stan said...

On Olson and "belief in double predestination", I don't suppose it would do any good to point out to him that it's biblical (e.g., Prov 16:4; 1 Peter 2:8; Jude 1:4), would it? I would think dealing with the biblical texts that make the statement would be required before passing it off as "logically incompatible". I mean, I would think that questioning God's goodness when God says something is true might be a bit dangerous.

Anonymous said...

Olson lost interest in the biblical texts long ago. if Jesus claimed His Father was the same God who ordered the invasion of Canaan, then Olson eagerly and openly denies Christ...


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