Responding to the Movie “Calvinist” (Part 3): Limited Atonement

Summary: The two main arguments the Calvinist movie present against unlimited atonement are: 1) that unlimited atonement diminishes the effect of atonement and 2) that unlimited atonement fails to countenance the double jeopardy argument. Within this essay, I contend that these two arguments violate three basic principles within Biblical theology and the arguments are both … Continue reading Responding to the Movie “Calvinist” (Part 3): Limited Atonement

Responding to the Movie “Calvinist” (Part 2) – Unconditional Election

Summary: In the segment of the Calvinist movie covering Unconditional Election, several interviewees describe the concept, provide proof texts, and recount their initial reactions to it. I conclude that the segment lacks nuance, that the proof texts fall short of their target, and that one man’s initial reaction to Unconditional Election evinces an intuitive truth. … Continue reading Responding to the Movie “Calvinist” (Part 2) – Unconditional Election

Dr. King: Freedom & Free Thinking

Recently I’ve been working my way through Victor Reppert’s “C.S Lewis Dangerous Idea.” In Reppert’s book, he draws from C.S. Lewis’ ideas about man’s ability to reason and subjects them to philosophical rigor to produce a well-developed series of arguments which suggest that if naturalism is true then “reasoning” itself is likely impossible. In reading … Continue reading Dr. King: Freedom & Free Thinking

A Third Pillar for Mere Molinism?

Last year, Tim Stratton proposed an outline for “Mere Molinism.” The concept is essentially that Molinism rests upon two fundamental pillars to which all Molinists agree while other components of Molinism are ancillary and can be disagreed upon by Molinists. The two pillars are: 1- God eternally possesses middle knowledge. 2- Humans possess libertarian free … Continue reading A Third Pillar for Mere Molinism?

Ethnic Epistemology (Part 1)

Over the last year and some change I’ve been tackling objections to Christianity that have been gaining traction within the context of the African-American community. When I wrote my first FTM article on this subject, “Introducing the Conscious Community”, I honestly had no idea what I was getting myself into. However, I can certainly say … Continue reading Ethnic Epistemology (Part 1)

The “Hardware” of Life Argument

“I can see the fingerprints of God When I look at you I can see the fingerprints of God And I know its true You’re a masterpiece That all creation quietly applauds And you’re covered with the fingerprints of God” ~from Fingerprints of God, by Stephen Curtis Chapman     The common scientific view of … Continue reading The “Hardware” of Life Argument

A Free Will Wager

The discussion concerning Libertarian Free Will vs Divine Causal Determinism continues as it has for quite some time. Many people I come across in discussions tend to have an idea of where they already lean on the issue, even if related questions still linger. What of those who do not know much on the issue or … Continue reading A Free Will Wager

If Evolution is True, Atheism is False

Atheists often appeal to evolution in an attempt to explain the primate complexity we observe today without a need for an Intelligent Designer — God! Indeed, many say the reason they affirm atheism is because they believe evolution is true. Since their hypothesis does not include God as a designer, atheists feel justified in affirming that God … Continue reading If Evolution is True, Atheism is False

Responding to the Movie “Calvinist” (Part 1): Total Depravity

Summary: In the movie Calvinist the interviewees (ostensibly) argue in favor of the doctrine of total depravity and that it precludes libertarian free will (hereafter LFW). In this essay I demonstrate that the interviewees beg the question in favor of total depravity and for the idea that it is at odds with LFW. Introduction The … Continue reading Responding to the Movie “Calvinist” (Part 1): Total Depravity

Reformed But Not Calvinist

I consider myself to be “Reformed!” I am NOT a Calvinist! I am a Molinist! Quite often Calvinists are quick to contend that Molinism is antithetical to the Reformed movement. I adamantly disagree and so does the evidence. In fact, there is much confusion as to exactly what the word “reformed” means. As I noted … Continue reading Reformed But Not Calvinist