Calvinism is a theology according to which God controls everything which occurs in advance, including evil. In the following series, I explain what Calvinism is and examine its philosophical as well as theological consequences. A short introduction to Calvinism Naked Calvinism: motivation and methodology Naked Calvinism: on the sinful nature of man and Genesis Naked … Continue reading Naked Calvinism: my series on Calvinism
Most Calvinists keep saying that people are generally totally closed to God’s invitation to believe in the Gospel owing to their alleged utter depravity. As a consequence they keep saying that an evidential approach (providing people with arguments for the faith) is doomed to fail because unregenerate humans are too wicked to be receptive. As … Continue reading Naked Calvinism: presuppositionalism
Mark Driscoll is one of the “New Calvinists”, a large movement of Evangelicals strongly emphasizing their belief in divine determinism and fighting religious liberalism as well as equal rights for women within the Church. While Mark is not yet dead, God almighty showed me in a vision that he will have a strong surprise … Continue reading Naked Calvinism: a reformed preacher at the doors of heaven and hell.
Youtube Version All Calvinists who try to be consistent face a formidable challenge. On the one hand, they believe that God forbids us to commit sins such as adultery, thief, murder, homosexual lifestyle and so on and so forth. On the other hand, they also believe that God predetermined and ultimately caused people to carry … Continue reading Naked Calvinism: the secret will of God
Youtube Version According to the doctrine of double predestination, God actively works to save some people but also to damn others. The first ones will enjoy everlasting bliss in His presence while the others will suffer the eternal flames of hell. Most Calvinists insist they just believe in single predestination, that is that God … Continue reading Naked Calvinism: why the difference between single and double predestination does not matter
Youtube Version Ever since Saint Augustine, the Western Church has always taught that 1) man was created perfect, that is to say without any moral flaw 2) following the advice of the snake, he chose to eat the wrong fruit 3) God cursed him and he inherited a sinful nature, making hatred, lies, adultery, … Continue reading Naked Calvinism: on the sinful nature of man and Genesis
Youtube Version My first true confrontation with Calvinism was in a Calvary Chapel. A young pastor who is a huge fan of John Piper was talking about the “Biblical” obligation to unconditionally support the state of Israel. He said that the Israelites should have slaughtered ALL inhabitants of Caanan during the time of Joshua. According … Continue reading Naked Calvinism: motivation and methodology
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Progressive Evangelical theologian Randal Rauser wrote a very relevant post about some widespread harmful beliefs held by many Christians in America. ****** Randal Rauser A few days ago Jeff Lowder of “The Secular Outpost” started a new series on “stupid atheist memes”. His first installment was: “If you could reason with religious people, there would … Continue reading Are all atheists wicked fools hurtling towards hell?
I recently stumbled across a post written by a former Conservative Evangelical minister (who has turned into an anti-theist) where she exposes the alleged ways in which Religion (with a capital R) hijacks our inevitable human experience of pain. ****** A Sure Knowledge of Suffering. She had just learned of the death of her one … Continue reading On anti-theists and extreme overgeneralizations