Thursday, June 15, 2006

Calvinism and Irenic Encounters

I have seen this article referenced a couple times today, and when I got a chance to read it I appreciated the tone and demeanor taken by the two interlocutors regarding Calvinism/Reformed Theology and, what is in essence, general evangelical theological standards.  Albert Mohler and Paige Patterson, two university presidents in the SBC school system, interacted about the role of Calvinism within the Southern Baptist Convention and its role in the call to evangelize.

These two displayed an irenic spirit, and it seems a good grasp of the issues at hand.  As a non-Calvinist in my theology, I resonated with at least one of the points made by Patterson, the non-Calvinist in the debate:

But Patterson also said there are several areas of concern he has with “some Calvinists”:

-- the notion that if “you are not a Calvinist then you must be an Arminian.” He said he is neither.

I would modify that to say, “if you are not a Calvinist then you must be Pelagian.”  In some of my less irenic encounters, that is the bifurcation drawn by some deeply serious and evangelistic Calvinists.  But Patterson is right.  The evangelical theological world is not so easily divided into the orthodox Calvinists and the unorthodox Heretics.

1 comment:

Daniels said...

The ABC'S of the Christian life.

The ABC'S of the Christian life.


Although things are not perfect.

Because of trial or pain.

Continue in thanksgiving.

Do not begin to blame.

Even when the times are hard.

Fierce winds are bound to blow.

God is forever able.

Hold on to what you know.

Imagine life without His life.

Joy would cease to be.

Keep thanking Him for all things.

Love imparts to thee.

Move out of "Camp Complaining"

No weapon that is known.

On earth can yield the power.

Praise can do alone.

Quit looking at the future.

Redeem the time at hand.

Start every day with worship.

To "thank " is a command.

Until we see Him coming.


Victorious in the sky.


We'll run the race with gratitude.

Xalting (Exalting) God on high.

Yes there will be good times and yes some will be bad,but

Zion waits in glory .........where none are sad!!


Courtesy Biblical Counsellor.