What might come as a surprise to many today is that Christ followers have a rich history of grappling with big questions. One question in particular has consumed the minds of Christians for centuries: “If God is in control over all things, how are humans really free and responsible for anything, and if humans are … Continue reading What in the Possible Worlds is Molinism?
Summary: In the movie Calvinist the interviewees (ostensibly) argue in favor of the doctrine of perseverance of the saints (hereafter, PS). Since the interviewees are compatibilists, I presuppose that they intend to argue in favor of a model of PS according to which Christians persevere through the means of determinism (hereafter I shall refer to this … Continue reading Responding to the Movie “Calvinist” (Part 5): Perseverance of the Saints
Before I devoted my life to the ministry of defense (apologetics), I spent most of my time studying self-defense and martial arts. When I was twelve years old (back in the mid 80s) I started studying Tae Kwon Do. In my college years I earned a black belt in Karate, and after that I studied … Continue reading Tactics & Theological Disputes
Question: Dear Tim, I just finished reading your “Dangerous Grounds” article and I could use a little clarification. Can you please further explain why it is that if God does not possess knowledge of creaturely freedom logically prior to his creative decree, then the only two options we are left with are open theism or “exhaustive … Continue reading Is God’s Knowledge Like a Box of Chocolates?
Question It’s platitudinous to claim that there are aggressive people in every group, however, it’s more controversial to claim that a particular group of people is more prone to aggression than others. For example, I take it that you share the same experience I do when I assert the proposition that “Internet atheists are generally … Continue reading Rude Reformers!
I recently had the privilege of meeting the French Calvinist philosopher Guillame Bignon. Although I disagree with Bignon, in my opinion, he offers the best defense of Calvinism today. With that said, however, I wrote an essay critiquing a small portion of Bignon’s recent book. In response to my arguments, Hays quickly wrote a response … Continue reading Hays’d & Confused
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
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
I recently had the pleasure of meeting the former atheist and French Calvinistic philosopher named, Guillaume Bignon (Click here to read his amazing story). I attended the EPS/ETS conference in Rhode Island and was invited to lunch with a few philosophers, theologians, and apologists. I happened to sit right next to Bignon as I was sipping … Continue reading Excusing Sinners, Blaming God, Compatibilism, & the Consequence Argument
One of the most common protests against Molinism today is a purely philosophical argument known as the “Grounding Objection.” This complaint is based on a controversial version of the correspondence theory of truth known as the theory of truth-makers. Accordingly, in order for a statement to be true, then there needs to be something else in … Continue reading Dangerous Grounds: The Grounding Objection vs Divine Determinism