Scot McKnight on Calvinism and Pantheism

tulip calvinismScot McKnight has posted a thought-provoking critique of Calvinism at his Jesus Creed blog.

If you’re getting tired of watching the SEC beat up on the rest of the college football world, you might enjoy the high-level theological ruminations.

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My name is Jay Guin, and I’m a retired elder. I wrote The Holy Spirit and Revolutionary Grace about 18 years ago. I’ve spoken at the Pepperdine, Lipscomb, ACU, Harding, and Tulsa lectureships and at ElderLink. My wife’s name is Denise, and I have four sons, Chris, Jonathan, Tyler, and Philip. I have two grandchildren. And I practice law.
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5 Responses to Scot McKnight on Calvinism and Pantheism

  1. Bob Brandon says:

    This will leave a mark. Ow.

  2. Profile photo of Kevin Kevin says:

    Try as I might, I have just never understood how one can accept Calvinism. It is just baffling to me. While I like some of John Piper’s messages, I watched a video not long ago in which he argued that God has predetermined every detail in the universe, including sin.

    My Calvinist friends argue that unless God mandates and dictates every single action in the universe, He is not sovereign. That’s a warped view of sovereignty in my opinion.

  3. Dwight says:

    Yes, A king can be sovereign in the Kingdom, as a King is, but this doesn’t mean that the king dictates everything in every detail. A good king oversees the direction of the Kingdom, not the direction of each person in the Kingdom. Because God is sovereign he has directed Jesus and His kingdom for all eternity.

  4. Royce says:

    I agree with some of what many Reformed folks teach. I also disagree with what many of them teach. I also agree with some of what Armenians teach. I also disagree with some of what they teach too.

    Calvinists have their flower. T.U.L.I.P.
    Armenians have their flower. It is the DAISY. You pull one petal off at a time…”He loves me, he loves me not, he loves me, he loves me not” and hope the last petal is the right one.

  5. SteveA says:

    Reading the theological constructions of the Reformed folks gives me a headache. The terminology is foreign. A lot depends on fine distinctions of different concepts and on inferences of inferences. I think in part my problem is the high level of abstraction and the almost mathematical nature of the argumentation. Now,I love math and practice it nearly everyday, but in the realm of what ultimately concerns me, I’m more drawn to narrative, to the existential. Our physical well being is definitely dependent on math, science and medical technology where intricate, complex, and rigorous thinking is necessary. In the physical world of everyday reality that is necessary. However, in the realm of religion and the spiritual, the relational and experiential aspects are important and must be folded into the mix.

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