Recently a committed Calvinist sought to interact with me regarding the model I have offered showing how Molinism can be completely monergistic (See A Molinistic Model of Monergism). That is to say, the model of Molinism I have offered shows how God is the author of salvation from beginning to end and man plays no … Continue reading Objections to Molinistic Monergism
I once had the pleasure of interacting with Arminian theologian, Dr. Jack Cottrell. Many Arminians also claim to be Molinists. In fact, many scholars believe that Arminius was a Molinist! Cottrell, however, is an Arminian who opposes Molinism. Here is a sampling of our online debate. Hi Jack, I sincerely thank you for adding me … Continue reading Arminianism vs Molinism
A Facebook friend of mine and I have had a respectful debate regarding Molinism and Calvinism over the past few days. Sean Luke is a committed Calvinist as I used to be for over a decade. I freely chose to leave the Calvinist camp several years ago for several reasons (or God causally determined me to stop being … Continue reading Molinism is Biblical: Rejoinding the Reformed Rejoinder
I recently published an article entitled, “Molinism is Biblical” the morning of June 8th. That same morning a response article was written, published, and shared on my Facebook wall by Sean Luke, a self-proclaimed Calvinist who took exception to my biblical exegesis. My article referenced several passages of scripture that seem to contradict common Calvinistic … Continue reading Molinism is Biblical: A Response to a Calvinist Objector
While attending Biola University, Dr. Clay Jones gave me the assignment to engage in a friendly and respectful debate with a skeptical non-believer regarding the historical resurrection of Jesus. A deep-thinking friend of mine (who happened to be an atheist who would debate my views quite often) graciously accepted my invitation to have this conversation. The following is my conversation with … Continue reading Historical Evidence of the Resurrection: A Debate with a Skeptical Friend
Tim Stratton’s two recent articles entitled, Confusing Bible Verses, Free Will, & Determinism (Part 1, and Part 2) have sparked much discussion among the theologically inclined on social media over the past couple of weeks. Here is a conversation I had providing further illumination: Calvinist: What about John 6:44 that specifically says that no one can … Continue reading Does “Draw” Only Mean “Irresistible Dragging”?
In my previous post, I discussed Jeffery Jay Lowder’s opening statement in his debate with Frank Turek on the topic “Naturalism vs. Theism”. Lowder defends the following three propositions: (1) The best explanation is the explanation with the overall greatest balance of intrinsic probability and accuracy. (2) Naturalism is an intrinsically more probable explanation than … Continue reading Assessing Lowder’s Argument for Naturalism: Part 2
Jeffery Jay Lowder recently debated Frank Turek on the topic “Naturalism vs. Theism” (see https://youtu.be/ENZYEPpR2Jc). In this post and the next, I wish to examine the arguments that Lowder advances in his opening statement in support of naturalism (the view that physical reality is the ultimate reality and that no supernatural, non-physical beings, such as … Continue reading Assessing Lowder’s Argument for Naturalism: Part 1
One of the best professors I have ever had is Dr. Michael R. Licona. The two of us have become good friends since my time in his classroom and he continues to sharpen my thinking today. Recently I shared his written debate with skeptical scholar Bart Ehrman on social media. The debate was regarding the reliability of the Gospels (I … Continue reading Inerrancy Debate
Every once in a while I like to have conversations with those who disagree with what I think is true. I especially enjoy offering my arguments to those who are committed to their faith in naturalism. Here is an excerpt of a long conversation I had with some atheists. It begins with a debate over … Continue reading Is the Freethinking Argument Valid?