Calvinism & General Protestantism: Catholic Critique (Index Page)

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Catholic Predestination (Ludwig Ott) [1996] *


John Calvin: Only God Knows Who is Numbered Among the Elect [1-5-06]

Dialogue on Molinism (Speculations on How God Predestines) (vs. “JS”) [4-15-06] *

Predestination, Molinism, and the Ingenious “Solution” of Fr. William G. Most [4-22-06] *

Dialogue on Molinism and God’s Mode of Predestination (+ Part II | Part III | Part IV) (vs. “JS”) [5-14-06] *

Do Catholics Believe in Predestination? [8-29-06] *

Did God Harden Pharaoh’s Heart? (Does God Positively Ordain Evil?) (vs. atheist “DagoodS”) [10-12-06] *

Reply to a Calvinist: Hardening of Pharaoh’s Heart (vs. Colin Smith) [10-14-06]

Supposed Contradiction Between 2 Samuel 24 and 1 Chronicles 21 (God or Satan as Cause?) [11-13-06] *

Catholic Predestination, Molinism, and Thomism in a Nutshell [3-27-08; re-posted to Facebook on 1-31-17]

Martin Luther: God is the Author of Evil and Eternally Hates Some Men / Horse and Rider Analogy / Everything (+ Damnation) Predetermined [2-27-10] *

Dialogue with a Calvinist on Predestination of the Damned, Limited Atonement, and Total Depravity (Tons of Scripture!) [4-14-10] *

Bible vs. Double Predestination (No Reprobate Parallels) [4-22-10]

Romans 9: Plausible Non-Calvinist Interpretation [4-22-10]

Martin Luther Clearly Taught Predestination of the Damned (Reprobate) [5-28-11] *

Clarification of My Positions on Predestination and Calvinism (Especially Total Depravity), in Reply to Anti-Catholic Attacks [11-15-11] *

Reply to James White’s Exegesis of James 2 in Chapter 20 of His Book, The God Who Justifies [10-9-13]

Assurance of Instant Salvation / Salvation as a Process [c. 2000; posted to Facebook on 1-31-17]


“Certainty” of Eternal Life? (1 John 5:13 and John 5:24) [5-8-02]

Reflections on the Origin & Nature of “Instant” Salvation [10-3-05] *

Total Depravity: Reply to James White: Calvinism and Romans 3:10-11 (“None is Righteous . . . No One Seeks For God”) [4-15-07]

Fallacious Calvinist Arguments for Total Depravity: Does Romans 1 Apply Universally to Fallen Man? [4-10-08] *

Second Council of Orange (529) and Catholic Sola Gratia vs. Calvinist Total Depravity [1-5-09] *

Dialogue with a Calvinist Regarding Falling Away from Grace or Salvation [7-28-09]

Books by Dave Armstrong: Biblical Catholic Answers for John Calvin [3-11-10]

Dialogue with a Calvinist: Are Total Depravity, Limited Atonement, and Irresistible Grace True, and Part of the Gospel? [4-6-10] *

Dialogue with a Calvinist on Predestination of the Damned, Limited Atonement, and Total Depravity (Tons of Scripture!) [4-14-10] *

25 Biblical Passages Against Limited Atonement [4-29-10]

Clarification of My Positions on Predestination and Calvinism (Especially Total Depravity), in Reply to Anti-Catholic Attacks [11-15-11] *

St. Francis de Sales: Bible vs. Total Depravity [11-24-11]

A Biblical Critique of Calvinism (Dave Armstrong): Introduction [10-1-12]

Total Depravity and the Evil of the Non-Elect (vs. John Calvin) [10-12-12]

Refutation of Calvinist Total Depravity [10-12-12]

Books by Dave Armstrong: A Biblical Critique of Calvinism [10-23-12]

Calvinist Irresistible Grace: Biblical? [2013]

Exchange on My Humorous Meme About Calvinism (vs. Dr. Glenn Peoples and William Tanksley, Jr.) / How Satirical Humor Works  [1-6-14]



Protestant Founder Zwingli Denied Original Sin [5-27-06; posted to Facebook on 2-6-17]

The “Moderate” Heinrich Bullinger: More Evidence of Rabid Anti-Catholicism in the Protestant Founders [1-16-07; posted to Facebook on 2-6-17]

Huldreich Zwingli: Protestant “Reformer”, Open Fornicator, and Vow-Breaker [12-20-07] *

Zwingli, Bucer, Oecolampadius: Luther & Lutherans Not Christians [1-10-08]

Mary’s Assumption & “Reformer” Heinrich Bullinger [4-6-08]

Mary Mother of God: Protestant Founders Agree (Luther, Calvin, Zwingli, and Bullinger) [10-10-08]

Protestant “Reformer” Theodore Beza (1519-1605): His Clandestine Marriage or “Secret Engagement” [9-11-09] *

Protestant “Reformer” Martin Bucer Advocated Death for Adulterers [9-18-09; posted to Facebook on 2-6-17]

Zwingli’s Belief in Mary’s Sinlessness [9-30-10]

Mariology of “Reformers” Zwingli & Bullinger [4-28-16]



Diet of Regensburg (1541) & Colloquy of Poissy (1561): Protestant “Ecumenical” Efforts at Christian Unity? [4-27-04] *

The Early Protestants Were Ecumenical? Not! (vs. Dr. Paul Owen) (+ Part Two) [11-19-04 + 9-7-05] *

Thoughts on Catholicity and Ecumenism (Reply to Reformed Pastor Tim Gallant) [2-18-05] *

John Calvin Disses Lutheranism, Describes it as “Evil” and Worse Than Catholicism In Its Persecutions of Calvinists [12-18-07] *

Zwingli, Bucer, Oecolampadius: Luther & Lutherans Not Christians [1-10-08]

What I Like About Calvinism and Calvinists [June 2009]

John Calvin’s Disgusted Agony Over Genevan Morals, Personal Betrayal, Dissension of Lutheran “Beasts,” Etc. / Inflated Self-Comparison to King David [3-23-10] *

John Calvin Rebukes Lutheran “Beasts” and “Evil”, Calls Luther an Idolater [3-23-10; posted to Facebook on 8-26-17]

Total Depravity and Salvation Outside the Church (vs. a Calvinist) [4-4-17]


Protestant Inquisitions: “Reformation” Intolerance & Persecution [June 1991; rev. 10-31-03, 3-7-07. Greatly abridged and re-typeset on 9-14-17]


The Protestant Revolt: Its Tragic Initial Impact [6-11-91; rev. 10-31-03; 3-8-07] *


Protestantism: Developmental and Conceptual Errors (20 June 1991; slightly revised: 2-13-94, 1-27-00, and 1-28-02] *

Why I Returned to the Catholic Church; Including a Searching Examination of Various Flaws and Errors in the Protestant Worldview and Approach to Christian Living (Al Kresta) [transcript of his talk in my home, 26 April 1992]

Protestantism is Too Man-Centered (Extreme Over-Emphasis on the Pastor) [1997; posted to Facebook on 8-30-17]

Catholic Critique of Anglicanism [11-12-01] *

Presuppositions & Patterns of Thought Common to Both Protestantism & Secularism (A Sociological and Philosophical Analysis of the Success and Popularity of Evangelical Protestantism, by an Anonymous Observer) [2-6-02] *

Books by Dave Armstrong: Protestantism: Critical Reflections of an Ecumenical Catholic [May 2003]

Protestantism Was Not a Revolt? [6-2-03]

Clerical Celibacy: Hostile Protestant Commentary & Catholic Replies [2-21-04]

Revised Fundamentalist Baptist Version (RFBV) [5-18-04; posted to Facebook on 2-16-17]

Early Protestant Hostility Towards Science [7-9-04]

Why I Sometimes Write About “Bad” & Scandalous Stuff Concerning Early Protestant Leaders (aka “Reformers”) [5-22-06; posted to Facebook on 2-16-17]

The Catholic “Both/And” vs. the Protestant “Either/Or” Dichotomous Mindset (with David W. Emery) [2-4-08; posted to Facebook on 1-31-17]

George Washington’s Religious Views [5-23-08]

Refutation of the Myth of Alleged Protestant Origination of Most of What is Good in Western Culture [11-4-08] *

Erasmus vs. Luther Disputes Documented [Feb. 2009]

Dialogue with a Calvinist on St. Paul’s Calling, Church Authority, and the “Dichotomous” Protestant Tendency [10-24-11] *

Books by Dave Armstrong: The Quotable Wesley [5-2-12]

Dialogue on the Term, “Protestant Reformation” and Proposed Alternatives Like “Era of Reformations” and “Protestant Revolt” (vs. Anglican historian Dr. Edwin W. Tait) [1-7-14]

Protestants, Reform, Holiness, and Miracles [Facebook, 9-23-14]

Comments on the Question: “Are Protestants Heretics?” [vigorous Facebook discussion on this topic and about anti-trinitarianism, 10-10-14]

“Who Cares About Early Protestant Mariology?” [10-16-14]

Broad Exchange with a Former Catholic, Bible-Only Protestant (vs. John Hallman)  [4-13-15]

“Is it more important to convince Protestants to believe exactly as you do?”  [Facebook, 4-30-15]

Debunking the Mythical Invisible Church [9-14-15]

Arbitrary Bias in the NIV Against “Tradition” [9-18-15]

“Armstrong vs. Geisler” (Series of Ten Mini-Debates) [Facebook, 3-2-17]



Dialogue on the Logic of Catholic Infallible Authority (vs. Eric Svendsen) [6-4-96] *

Church Authority & Certainty (The “Infallibility Regress”) [July 2000; some revisions on 12-8-11]

Catholic vs. Protestant Conceptions of the Meaning and Consequences of Private Judgment [11-23-00; revised 12-4-02] *

Clarifications on the Matter of (Protestant) Private Judgment: Dialogue with a Reformed Protestant [10-23-01] *

Private Judgment and Finding the Right Church: Is the Catholic Rule of Faith and Epistemology Inherently Incoherent? [5-22-03] *

Private Judgment: Its Meaning and How it is Viewed by Protestants and Catholics [12-21-03; revised 1-20-04] *

The Analogy of an Infallible Bible to an Infallible Church [11-6-05; rev. 7-25-15; posted to Facebook on 2-7-17]

Anglican Anti-Traditional Principles of “Development” and the “Cult of Uncertainty”(vs. Dr. Edwin Tait) [11-14-05] *

On “Theological Humility” and the Protestant “Non-Quest” for Certainty (vs. Rev. Michael Pahls) [3-15-06] *

Lutheranism, Catholic “Absolute” Authority, and Private Judgment [6-18-07] *

Dialogue with a Protestant on the “Infallibility Regress” Argument and Questions Regarding Catholic Authority (+ Part Two) [10-7-08] *

Glorying in Uncertainty in Modern Protestantism (Dialogue with a Calvinist) [11-11-09]

Infallible Church Authority: Must Individual Catholics be Infallible in Order to Avoid Self-Contradiction? [6-8-10; posted to Facebook on 2-7-17]

The Radical and Bizarre All-Too-Common Protestant “Quest for Uncertainty” [Facebook post + vigorous discussion, 2-12-14]



Denominationalism and Sectarianism: An Anti-Biblical Scandal [1996]

Dialogue: John Calvin’s Letter to Philip Melanchthon Concerning Protestant Divisions: Its Nature, Intent, and Larger Implications [11-26-00] *

The Protestant Sacramentarian Controversies (Calvin vs. Luther vs. Zwingli) [3-29-04] *

33,000 Protestant Denominations? No! [9-4-04]

Bible vs. Denominationalism and Against “Primary / Secondary” Doctrines [8-18-06]

Reply to C. Michael Patton on Sola Scriptura, Part Six (Divisions) [11-19-08] *

Short Dialogue with a Presbyterian and a Baptist on the Definition of “Fundamentalist” [1-7-10; posted to Facebook on 2-16-17]

John Calvin Rebukes Lutheran “Beasts” and “Evil”, Calls Luther an Idolater [3-23-10; posted to Facebook on 8-26-17]

Early Protestants Detested Divisions [6-15-11]

Bible on Submission to Church & Apostolic Tradition / Biblical Condemnation of the Rebellious & Schismatic Aspects of the Protestant Revolt [8-27-11]

Early Protestant “Unity”: Calvin vs. Westphal vs. Luther [11-6-11]

Bishop Bossuet on the Schismatic Nature and Internal Difficulties of Protestantism [Facebook, 1-4-12]

33,000 [?] Denominations & “Thankful” James White [2-20-16]

Church Authority vs. Rampant Sectarianism [9-22-16]

Orthodoxy and Heresy: Biblical Notions? [9-23-16]

“Reply to Calvin” #4: “Primary” & “Secondary” Doctrines [4-3-17]



TV Interview: On Catholicism, Over Against Protestantism [5-1-99]

S. Joel Garver’s On The “Catholic Question” (with commentary by Dave Armstrong) [6-5-04] *

Catholicism & the Two “Pillars” of Protestantism (Sola Scriptura & Sola Fide) [3-2-06] *

Some Things Never Change: Reformed Theologian R.L. Dabney’s 1894 Analysis of Protestant Defections to Catholicism and Protestant-Catholic Differences [8-1-07] *

The Catholic “Both/And” vs. the Protestant “Either/Or” Dichotomous Mindset (with David W. Emery) [2-4-08; posted to Facebook on 1-31-17]

What Is An “Evangelical”? Can Catholics be Described by the Broader Adjective [Lower-Case] “evangelical”? [3-20-08; posted to Facebook on 5-12-17]

Did Trent Anathematize All Protestants? [6-5-10]

Reply to Robin Phillips’ Why I’m Not a Catholic [1-31-12]

Michael Voris’ Anti-Protestant Rhetoric [8-8-13]

Should Catholics Try to Persuade Protestants? [5-25-16]

“Armstrong vs. Geisler” (Series of Ten Mini-Debates) [Facebook, 3-2-17]


Last Updated: 14 September 2017.


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