Sovereignty typically means authority or right. Both Calvinists and Arminians agree that God is sovereign in all He does, so He has the authority to do what He does. Period. The End.
Monthly Archives For August 2011
by Roger Olson
Okay, so I used that title to get your attention. No, I don’t really think we need an Arminian Defense League (although sometimes I feel like the only person doing anything to defend Arminianism from its enemies and could use some help!).
Earlier, here, I talked about a video on Youtube.com (it might also exist on DVD or something, but I’ve only seen it on Youtube.com) that viciously attacks Arminianism. It’s a slick video — well produced (not a home-made talking head video like so many). I understand it is part of a longer series on Reformed theology.
The Reformed Assertion:“God can determine a specific outcome, a person can have no other option but to do the outcome, and that person can be held up to moral judgment while God is blameless.”
Now, one objection to Calvinism that keeps coming up consistently over the years is the objection that it makes God the author of sin. Now, when it comes right down to it, Calvinists will generally teach that God did, in fact, decree sin before ever there was sin, and makes sin happen.
For those who frequent my site (both of you), I am sure that you noticed that I disagree with Calvinism. Indeed I have a lot of negative things to say about Calvinism, mostly because I find much of the recent push for it to be bad for the Church in general (otherwise it would just be one of those things I disagree with but don’t say much about, like Open-theism, Mormonism or Nicolas Cage). I am not alone with my opinion on this.
However, I do want to make the point that I am not a non-Calvinist. Well, to some degree I am, in the sense that I am indeed not a Calvinist, but I don’t define my soteriology based off of my opinion of Calvinism.
Many Calvinists have attempted to argue that Arminianism falls short of this passage by making faith something to boast about. I believe this argument is based off at least one of four problems: