Friday Files, 12 April 2019

, posted by K.W. Leslie

It’s the St. Zeno’s Day edition of the Friday Files, our weekly dig into the very back of SEA’s article pantry because we’re pretty sure we had a jar of almond butter in there…. The views expressed in these articles and links are sometimes those of SEA, sometimes not. Our members’ names are in blue. Posts from the second week of April…

Last year! (2018)

Ed Jarrett’s series, “Introduction to Arminianism,” concludes with “Arminianism: Foreknowledge, Predestination and Election” and “Arminianism: A Summary.”

• Our Facebook outreach group discussed “What About Paul’s ‘Irresistible’ Conversion?”—was free will involved in it, and if so how much?

• In the Fundamental Wesleyan Society Podcast, Vic Reasoner presents “Inspiration of Scripture” in two parts.

Five years ago! (2014)

James M. Leonard, “Daily Scripture Commentary: Galatians 3:21-29.” God granted what he promised to those who believe, through faith in Christ Jesus.

• Roger E. Olson, “Why (High) Calvinism Is Impossible.” Calvinists have to redefine “goodness,” among other words, to talk about a deterministic God. Which means none of the words in the scriptures have trustworthy definitions.

• We started up (or meant to start up) a Daily Scripture Commentary. So, more posts! (Till there weren’t.)

• Roger E. Olson, “Follow Up to Why (High) Calvinism Is Impossible.” Since Calvinists refuse to let anyone offer “equivocating” definitions of sovereignty, why do they get to do so for “goodness”?

• Roger E. Olson, “Is the ‘Arminian God’ Good?” Calvinists may object to a good God who lets humans be tested. But in what way is that worse than a God who arbitrarily saves some and damns most?

• Daniel McLain Hixon, St. Justin on Pre-Determinism.” Rejecting determinism didn’t begin with the Wesleys or Arminius. We need to go all the way back to Justin Martyr.

• Jonathan Andersen, “Book review: Young, Restless, No Longer Reformed by Austin Fischer.” In Fischer’s book, he concludes the way Calvinism depicts God, has little of the character of God as revealed by Christ Jesus in the gospels.

Ten years ago! (2009)

• Norman Geisler, “Free Will.” Taken from the Baker Encyclopedia of Christian Apologetics, Geisler sorts out the popular philosophical views of human choice.

SEA members’ blogs.

Because SEA members have blogs! And if the Friday Files didn’t provide you enough reading material, our bloggers certainly oughta.