Friday, December 18, 2015

This Week in Calvinism - December 12, 2015

  • In an item I had missed last week, The National's Chris Bambery wrote an article comparing Scotland's 17th century Calvinists to modern Islamic terrorists (Daesh/ISIS): "But for all their heroism and sacrifice they were fighting for a land ruled by the Presbyterian elect – with no room for unbelievers. Their dream for Scotland was not so far from Daesh's for its Caliphate."

  • Some of Bambery's readers voiced their frustration with the article.

  • To get in the last word, Bambery responded to their responses:
    Lastly, I am not going to debate theology with my critics but in response I cannot resist quoting a man from Fettercairn, Kincardine, who was threatened with excommunication in 1748.

    He responded: “What care I? The Pope of Rome excommunicates you every year ... and what the waur are ye o' that?”

  • Speaking of comparing Calvinists to terrorists, Andreas Whittam Smith believes the turmoil in the Middle East is no worse than what happened in Europe during the "era of Calvinism."

  • Leighton Flowers thinks he has found a quandary in compatibilism: if God has ordained all things according to his unchangeable decree, then is he not restraining his own unchangeable decree every time he restrains evil?

  • William Birch writes, "If God has decreed sin and evil, from before the world was created, then God is the worse (sic) sinner in the known universe." The only alternative I see is that God was powerless to prevent sin and evil from entering into the world. Which means what? That we have to choose between an evil God or a weak God?


Unknown said...

Hi. It's been a while since you post anything. Are you on a vacation?

Lee Shelton said...

I decided to take the holiday season off. I'm hoping to start blogging more frequently in 2016.

THEOparadox said...

I look forward to the weekly posts. A great way to stay informed! Thanks for providing a great service.

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