Ben Witherington on Correcting Calvinism

The following extract comes from “The Problem with Evangelical Theology” by Ben Witherington III. This represents what he sees as the most problematic features of Calvinist Theology, which I have further highlighted in some areas for emphasis: Though the Reformers were not all equally indebted to Augustine, it seems clear that the indebtedness of LutherContinue reading “Ben Witherington on Correcting Calvinism”

Michael Jensen on John Calvin

Jarrod Saul McKenna has drawn attention to an interesting article on John Calvin by Michael Jensen, son of the Archbishop of Sydney and sometimes visitor to this blog. If you have hung out at my blog for any length of time you would know I am not a huge fan of Calvin, that I identifyContinue reading “Michael Jensen on John Calvin”

Burning Heretics

Humour aside, this is actually why I shy away from Calvinism and other ‘magisterial’ streams of Protestantism like Lutheranism, much as I respect them in other ways. Lacking a nonviolent ethic, there is nothing within their theologies that precludes the burning of heretics, as history has demonstrated. That the burning is more verbal than physical theseContinue reading “Burning Heretics”

Calvinist Romance

I came across this via TulipGirl and had to laugh. For the uninitiated, the TULIP in TulipGirl has nothing to do with flowers but everything to do with the five points of Calvinism: Total Depravity. Sin has affected all parts of man. The heart, emotions, will, mind, and body are all affected by sin. We are completelyContinue reading “Calvinist Romance”