You can find Patton's original post here I was referred to this recent post by C. Michel Patton and thought I would respond to it. My comments can be found in-between sections of his post below: Definition of Arminianism Arminianism is a theological system developed by the Dutch theologian Jacobus Arminius (1560-1609). It is a … Continue reading An Arminian Response to C. Michael Patton’s “The Ultimate Balanced Guide to Arminianism (From a Calvinist)”:The Good, The Bad, And The [Very] Ugly
Does Arminianism Imply That we Can Boast in Our Salvation Over Those Who do Not Believe?
Out of all the arguments for Calvinism, this is the one that I probably hear the most. It comes in a variety of forms but usually imagines two people under the influence of prevenient grace, suggesting that the one who responds positively should have some reason to boast over the one who did not. It … Continue reading Does Arminianism Imply That we Can Boast in Our Salvation Over Those Who do Not Believe?
The Transfer of Nonsense Principle (Concise Version)
I wrote an article some years back on the Transfer of Necessity Principle (TNP), an idea which some have used as an argument against free will. Looking back, my only real regret writing it was that it was too long, and probably inaccessible to someone who hasn't studied the issue. With that in mind, I purposed … Continue reading The Transfer of Nonsense Principle (Concise Version)
Calvinist Sleight of Hand: A Brief Arminian Interaction With Wayne Grudem’s Arguments Against the Compatibility of Foreknowledge And Conditional Election
A while back someone on the SEA discussion board referenced the following comments by Calvinist Theologian Wayne Grudem arguing against the compatibility of foreknowledge and conditional election. Below is my brief interaction with this quoted material. The idea that God’s predestination of some to believe is based on foreknowledge of their faith encounters still another … Continue reading Calvinist Sleight of Hand: A Brief Arminian Interaction With Wayne Grudem’s Arguments Against the Compatibility of Foreknowledge And Conditional Election
Highlighting an Important Series Critiquing The Calvinist Interpretation of Romans 9
Back in 2010 J.C. Thibodaux started what would eventually become a four part series on Romans 9, with special focus on the problems inherent in the typical Calvinist interpretation of Romans 9. This short series was slow going as it did not conclude until 2012. For that reason it can be hard to follow the … Continue reading Highlighting an Important Series Critiquing The Calvinist Interpretation of Romans 9
Great Quotes: Daniel Whedon on Foreknowledge and Free Will
“Whether there is any foreknowledge or not, it is certain that there will be one particular course of future events and no other. On the most absolute doctrine of freedom there will be, as we shall soon more fully illustrate, there is one train of choices freely put forth and no other. If by the … Continue reading Great Quotes: Daniel Whedon on Foreknowledge and Free Will
Great Quotes: Thomas Ralston on Calvinist Arguments Against Free Will Based on Greatest Motive Force
Let us now contemplate these motives which are said to act upon the mind so as necessarily to influence the will. Let us look them full in the face, and ask the question, What are they? Are they intelligent beings, capable of locomotion? Are they endued with a self-moving energy? Yea, more: Are they capable … Continue reading Great Quotes: Thomas Ralston on Calvinist Arguments Against Free Will Based on Greatest Motive Force
Sin, Reprobation and Foreknowledge: The Calvinists’ Attempt to Have Their Cake and Eat it Too
The doctrine of the unconditional election of a part, necessarily implies the unconditional reprobation of the rest. I know some who hold to the former, seem to deny the latter; for they represent God as reprobating sinners, in view of their sins. When all were sinners, they say God passed by some, and elected others. … Continue reading Sin, Reprobation and Foreknowledge: The Calvinists’ Attempt to Have Their Cake and Eat it Too
Grace For All: The Arminian Dynamics of Salvation (Book Review)
John D. Wagner has produced an updated and expanded version of "Grace Unlimited", originally edited by the late Clark H. Pinnock. This updated version is called "Grace For All: The Arminian Dynamics of Salvation." This newer version contains several new essays along with some changes and heavy editing of a few essays that appeared in … Continue reading Grace For All: The Arminian Dynamics of Salvation (Book Review)
Great Quotes: Richard Watson on John 17
It has been urged, indeed, that our Lord himself says, "I pray for them: I pray not for the world, but for them which thou hast given me." (John xvii 9). But will they here interpret "the world" to be the world of the elect? If so, they cut even them off from the prayers … Continue reading Great Quotes: Richard Watson on John 17
Dr. Brian Abasciano’s Follow-up Response to James White on Acts 13:48
Brian Abasciano, "A Reply to James White Concerning His Faulty Treatment of the Greek and Context of Acts 13:48 Excerpt: The pluperfect construction places the disposing prior to the belief of the subjects of the verbs in Acts 13:48, which means that it could have happened any time before they believed. But strikingly, White does … Continue reading Dr. Brian Abasciano’s Follow-up Response to James White on Acts 13:48
Determinism and Regrets
From SEA: Regrets are problematic in determinism as they often presuppose belief in free will (though that is not necessarily true of all regrets). I touched on this same topic long ago in this post: Struggling With Regrets. Another related post I hope to expound on in more detail sometime soon is Sacrifice and the … Continue reading Determinism and Regrets
Dr. Brian Abasciano Critiques James White’s Argument That Acts 13:48 Proves Unconditional Election
Brian Abasciano, James White's Faulty Treatment of the Greek and Context of Acts 13:48 Excerpt: So really, White’s argument is very weak. Sometimes it seems that some are convinced by arguments like these because an author gives concrete reasons and mentions Greek, but that they do not necessarily think through the arguments well enough. In the midst of White talking … Continue reading Dr. Brian Abasciano Critiques James White’s Argument That Acts 13:48 Proves Unconditional Election
Calvinism Still Ugly
Young, Restless, No Longer Reformed a Year Later: Calvinism Still Isn't Beautiful Excerpt: 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). … Continue reading Calvinism Still Ugly
Reproof: Recent Book Looking to Re-Package Calvinism With a Fresh New Acronym (PROOF) is Reviewed by a Former Calvinist
Former Calvinist, Doug Sayers, gives a concise and irenic review of the recently released Calvinist book, PROOF. Excerpt: It is a fair criticism to say that PROOF is a one-sided cherry picking of the biblical texts that would seem to support their teaching with very little time devoted to the texts that present Calvinism with … Continue reading Reproof: Recent Book Looking to Re-Package Calvinism With a Fresh New Acronym (PROOF) is Reviewed by a Former Calvinist
Do Arminians Really Pray Like Calvinists?
It is often said by Calvinists that when Arminians pray, they pray like Calvinists. Typically this is expressed in such a way as to imply that while Arminians may deny the theological claims of Calvinism, they affirm Calvinism in the way that they pray. The Calvinist assumes that when Arminians pray for God to work … Continue reading Do Arminians Really Pray Like Calvinists?