Interesting Links 7-26-09

, posted by Kevin Jackson

British Calvinist Peter Masters criticizes the new American Calvinism. “The new Calvinism is not a resurgence but an entirely novel formula which strips the doctrine of its historic practice, and unites it with the world.” Masters is the current pastor of Charles Spurgeon’s church.

God in the Hands of Angry Calvinists. Describing the angry behavior of some Calvinists, William Birch writes that “How we view God affects how we think and act.”

SBC Executive Committee President Morris Chapman was critical of Calvinism in his report at the annual Southern Baptist Convention in June, and has now provided clarification of his remarks that remains critical after his remarks were challenged. HT: James Galyon

New Testament Scholar Craig Blomberg explains why he is a Calminian. He holds to middle knowledge (Molinism). HT: Robert

New Testament Scholar Douglas Estes reflects on how Calvinism has lost its way at the koinonia blog. Happily, Estes rejects Calvinism. But unfortunately, he rejects Arminianism and shows that he seriously misunderstands it in the blog comments section. Perhaps if he did understand it, he would embrace Arminianism!

Nate rightly points out that you don’t have to be Calvinist to be Reformed. Both Arminians and Calvinists are Reformed. “The difference in the end is that Arminians believe God gives a resistible grace unto all men…”

Methodist Dr. Riley Case has some praise for the new Calvinism. “Evangelical United Methodists should welcome the new interest in Calvinism. When we debate Calvinists we can appeal to Scripture, and talk about truth, and discuss meaningfully matters like salvation and grace and the blood of Jesus. Those who call themselves Progressive Christians, on the other hand, are a moving target.”