Friday, September 23, 2016

This Week in Calvinism - September 23, 2016

  • Messages from Ligonier's 2016 fall conference, "The Dawn of the Reformation," are available to watch online.

  • What you need to know about the Calvinism-Arminianism debate.

  • Apparently, the God of Calvinism is like a father who smokes while telling his kids to avoid tobacco.

  • Roger Olson defends Calvinists against misrepresentation.

  • Michael Heiser, in an interview about his new book, The Unseen Realm, had this to say about young Calvinists:
    I think once they awaken to the fact that hardline Calvinism requires that God either wants evil to happen or needs evil to make his plan work, they get rightly offended at the character of God or see him as a lesser being unworthy of loyalty. Why would God decree what he doesn't want to happen? Why does he need suffering to make things work out? Isn't he smart enough to find a better way than those options? If he is, then he must enjoy the suffering he has caused or was clever enough to bring about so he gets his way. I don't see why anyone would love a being whose character is like that. We wouldn't behave that way and feel love for ourselves.
    Straw man much?

1 comment:

Daniel Gutfeld said...

I love Dr. Heiser. I have greatly benefited from his work and agree with him on much. His disdain for Calvinism is one of the few blemishes in the constant rhetoric he puts forth for his various positions. Oddly enough, his work has helped propel me to a greater love and appreciation for God's sovereignty, the Doctrines of Grace, and the Old Testament.

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