Hyper-Calvinism

Is Your Soteriology Hermanszoonian? (Quiz)

, posted by Vincentian

IS YOUR SOTERIOLOGY HERMANSZOONIAN? Everyone has at least some sort of systematic theology.  Even if, say, “Mr. Smith” denies he has one, we could call it “Smithism.”  Simply having an “-ism” attached to a set…

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Calvinists Concerned about the Salvation of Arminians

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[Editor’s note: What is said in this post about Calvinists applies only to some Calvinists, not all.] Google-search “Are Arminians saved?” and you will discover how so very concerned Calvinists are regarding the possibility of…

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The Cause of God and Presuppositions: Irenæus

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English Baptist and theological hyper-Calvinist John Gill (1697-1771), in his work, The Cause of God and Truth, is found guilty of not only committing numerous logical fallacies regarding the writings of the early Church fathers…

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Is the Atonement Sufficient For All?

, posted by drwayman

Is the Atonement Sufficient For All? This post was written by SEA member, Roy Ingle Arminianism affirms that the atonement of Christ was so glorious and powerful that it is sufficient for all to be…

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Quick Overview of Lapsarianism

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Quick Overview of Lapsarianism

written by SEA member Roy Ingle

In Calvinism, there are three major views regarding the divine viewpoint of the atonement of Christ and the purpose of the atonement. They describe this viewpoint by ordering a series of decrees that God supposedly made at the beginning of creation. I will present all three views below.

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Q&A with Dr. Olson on Calvinism & Arminianism

, posted by russellkorets

City On A Hill Church in Seattle WA invited Dr. Roger Olson to be part of a “Forum on Calvinism and Arminianism,” during which over 30 of the most common questions related to Calvinism and…

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What Arminians Find Offensive About the “Doctrines of Grace”

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What Arminians Find Offensive About the “Doctrines of Grace”

written by SEA member Roy Ingle

Very often I read or hear Calvinism referred to as “the doctrines of grace.” I am not sure when or why the history of Calvinism began to be described that way, but I can assure you that we Arminians find it offensive to have Calvinism be referred to as the “doctrines of grace.” Why you ask?

1. It Implies Only Calvinism Embraces Grace

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Calvinism and the God-as-Author Analogy

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Calvinism and the God-as-author analogy written by Roger E Olson, PhD One of my faithful visitors here pointed me to the following recent essay posted to the Desiring God blog by one Joe Rigney (professor…

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Calvinism, Arminianism and Omnibenevolence

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Calvinism, Arminianism and Omnibenevolence

This post was written by Randal Rauser, PhD

[Please note that Dr. Rauser is not a member of SEA and that SEA does not necessarily endorse all of his theological positions. We include this post on our site because we think it helpful in some respects.]

Arminians like to point out that according to Calvinism God elects some people to damnation. Of course some Calvinists try to soften this teaching by claiming that the election to damnation is a passive divine act according to which God simply “passes over” and thereby opts not to redeem these people.

Unfortunately this shift in nomenclature doesn’t really make the divine act of election to damnation passive in an ethically significant way. Indeed, it calls to mind James Rachels’ famous thought experiment on passive euthanasia so I’m going to borrow from that thought experiment to make my point.

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Why is Jonathan Edwards considered so great?

, posted by drwayman

WHY IS JONATHAN EDWARDS CONSIDERED SO GREAT? by Roger E Olson, PhD I know. I’m almost committing blasphemy by questioning Jonathan Edwards’ greatness. I wouldn’t be doing it except there seems to be a kind…

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Allowing is not commanding

, posted by drwayman

This reprint of a blog post by Randal Rauser, PhD is placed here due to his accurate reflection of the Arminian position on the allowing vs commanding controversy. Note that Dr. Rauser is not a member of SEA and does not necessarily claim an Arminian stance.

ALLOWING IS NOT COMMANDING

Over the last week I have heard on at least three different occasions claims made to the moral equivalency of God allowing x and God commanding x. The argument has been made by Christians to demonstrate that if I accept that God providentially allows evils like genocide and infant sacrifice, I should have no problem if God also commands genocide and infant sacrifice. The argument has also been made by non-Christians to argue that if I have a problem with God commanding genocide and infant sacrifice, I should also have a problem with God allowing genocide and infant sacrifice.

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Recent responses to Against Calvinism

, posted by drwayman

Recent responses to Against Calvinism

By Roger E. Olson, PhD

Here I post two e-mails that typify responses I’ve received from individuals about Against Calvinism.

I’m not going to comment on them, just reproduced them here. I’ll let you, my faithful readers, decide what you think and comment on them. I’ve removed anything that would identify their authors.

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