Friday Files: The Character of God

, posted by Martin Glynn

The heart of the Arminian critique of Calvinism is of course the character to God. While we also put tremendous emphasis on God’s sovereignty, it is His character that determines what it is He ordains. Therefore, we never see raising points of God’s choices as somehow a challenge to His sovereignty, or a concern about His treatment of humans as having anything to do with the humans’ rights. These are issues that Calvinists read into our objective. Rather, God is at the center of our theology, and His character at the center of these critiques. Here are a few points we have put up over the years on God’s character:

  1. It’s Not About Justice but Love: Brief Video Clip of a Telling Exchange between Roger Olson and Michael Horton
  2. Roy Ingle, “Arminianism Begins With God’s Goodness
  3. Steve Sewell, “Election and the Character of God
  4. Austin Fischer, “Replies to Objections to His Recent Post on Calvinism Not Being Beautiful
  5. Roger Olson, “Calvinist Attempts to Rescue God’s Character Considered and Refuted
  6. Does God Love Those Whom He Has Not Unconditionally Elected to Save?
  7. How One’s Theology Dishonors the Glory of God
  8. Roger Olson, “What’s Wrong with Calvinism?
  9. The Devious and Duplicitous Mind of God in Calvinism
  10. Joshua Thibodaux, “The Fallacies of Calvinist Apologetics – Fallacy #6: Is God Cruel If He Lets a Believer Fall Away?
  11. Brian Abasciano, “If God Loves All, How Can the Bible Say That He Hates Sinners?
  12. Ben Witherington III, “The Paradox of God’s Love
  13. Kevin Jackson, “The Jealousy of God and Calvinism