Posted on February 5, 2015 by kangaroodort
Young, Restless, No Longer Reformed a Year Later: Calvinism Still Isn’t Beautiful
My exodus from Calvinism was set in motion when I came to believe Calvinism was not beautiful—indeed, when I realized that Calvinism (consistent Calvinism at least) was, at best, cold and brutally enigmatic (which is, perhaps, why many cannot be consistent Calvinists). This realization then forced me to further reconsider its veracity.
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Posted on May 22, 2014 by kangaroodort
My Review of Kevin’s Review
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Posted on April 24, 2014 by kangaroodort
Check out this reflective and insightful review of Austin Fischer’s book, Young, Restless And No Longer Reformed. John Frye (also a former Calvinist) presents a short and thought provoking summary of the problems inherent in Calvinism that Austin highlights in his book.
John Frye, Review of *Young Restless and No Longer Reformed*
Glen Shellrude, Calvinism and Problematic Readings of New Testament Texts, Or Why I Am Not A Calvinist
Calvinist Prayer (And Many Other Things) Explained
How Can God’s Glory Be “Diminished” in Calvinism?
Category: Salvation Assurance
Is God Like A Black Hole in Calvinism?
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Posted on March 28, 2014 by kangaroodort
You can read the post at SEA here.
David does a fine job exposing White’s spurious debate tactics. James White has truly made an art out of poisoning the well as Martinez well points out (See post below for more evidence). And again, we see the tired old assumption that one cannot possibly disagree with Calvinism on Biblical grounds. Why? Because Calvinism is so obviously Biblical, of course. So any disagreement with Calvinism must be driven by some sort of ulterior motive or disrespect for Scripture.
David also does a great job easily dispatching the horrible Calvinist prooftexting of John 17:9. I will borrow one of White’s favorite superlative phrases and agree with Martinez in my “utter amazement” that Calvinists still try to use this passage to support Calvinism. I’m amazed, truly and utterly amazed!
Those in Glass ivory Towers Shouldn’t Throw Stones
Five Part Series Responding to C. Michael Patton’s “The Irrationality of Calvinism” (Highlights Several Problems With Calvinist Argumentative Techniques and Fallacious Debate Tactics).
The Fallacies of Calvinist Apologetics (14 Part Series on Apologetic Fallacies Typically Employed by Calvinists Like James White)
Filed under: Austin Fischer, calvinist polemics, determinism, election, free will, God's glory, irresistible grace, James White, John 17, Leaving Calvinism, Neo-Reformed, predestination, secret decrees, sovereignty, Young Restless Reformed | 8 Comments »
Posted on March 13, 2014 by kangaroodort
Austin Fischer Responds to John Piper About Leaving Calvinism
I think Mr. Fischer makes a valid point about how Piper’s claims do seem to plainly paint God in a way that seems at odds with Scripture and seems to threaten His aseity.
Here are a few other posts that make similar observations:
Dr. Thomas McCall Takes on John Piper And The Calvinistic View of God’s Sovereignty
Big Trouble in Little Geneva
John Piper on God Ordaining All Sin And Evil Part 1: An Arminian Response to Piper’s First “Question”
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Posted on February 13, 2014 by kangaroodort
You can read the excerpt here
Here are a few interesting comments left in response to the new book,
Austin, as one out of church for the last 2 years due to not being able to deal with, nor yet truly dismiss ,the calvinist god, I am reading your book with bated breath. It’s not a journey I have made willingly. So far you are the only person who has ever described what it is like to have the whole Bible become linguistically unreachable & impossible when the tenets of calvinism undermine normal meanings of words like love…for this alone I am grateful, & feel less strange. I can’t figure out why this doesn’t happen for everyone. I get left with an unreachable, unknowable God who frankly scares me to death. We’ll see how I get on. I’m not hopeful but I’m still trying. [Link]
Luke Breuer wrote:
It’s fascinating that AW Tozer both said that our conception of God is the most important thing about us, and simultaneously failed to mention God’s servant-nature (in his Knowledge of the Holy), as expressed by Jesus’ coming to earth to serve and not be served, with Jesus being the “exact representation” of God, per Hebrews 1. It strikes me that truly becoming more like the Calvinist God would make you into someone not many people would want to be around. Someone who meticulously controls everything instead of delegating authority to others? Someone who thinks it is perfectly fine to use some people as a means to an end? I know that a standard response is that when we “become perfect as our father in heaven is perfect”, that this is only done in some respects; such an ‘explanation’ just seems like special pleading. [Link]
Bev Mitchell wrote:
This is a great book. I read it through in a couple of sittings. It’s honest, clear and non-argumentative. Yet you come away understanding that the author has really thoroughly considered, and walked, the Calvinist road until he decided that too many mysteries were piling up in the wrong places. He recognizes, and clearly explains, that his new position (not specifically defined) has mystery as well, but these are mysteries that he believes are more true to the whole of Scripture and, to his thinking, also more reasonable. [Link]
I haven’t read the book yet, but hope to be able to buy it soon. It sounds great.
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