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Fred Clark, in yet another post lambasting the issues with the Left Behind series, also tackles a more general issue that is reflected in the novels: He writes: This idea of God’s intensely specific individual plan for every detail of your life is a feature of American evangelical piety that we’d be better off without. [Read More...]

Free Will

I guess I just wasn’t predestined to be a Calvinist. It isn’t that I didn’t try. In my teens, I encountered some very staunch Calvinists who persuaded me that God didn’t simply foreknow everything, but foreordained it. Nothing was outside of God’s sovereignty, nor could anything thwart the divine will. But however much I thought [Read More...]

Fatalism and Despair in Hebrews 6?

Today my Sunday school class reached the end of Hebrews 6. It is a famous passage, often related by Protestants in particular traditions to discussions of whether “once saved, always saved” and that sort of thing. For those unfamiliar with the text, here is the most controversial portion (Hebrews 6:4-6a, NIV): It is impossible for [Read More...]

Christmas Cards for Every Theology

Allan Bevere shared the following Christmas card(s) with Arminian and Calvinist versions (via Craig L. Adams): Arminian                                                                             [Read More...]

Review of To Heaven and Back by Mary C. Neal

I am grateful to Patheos for the opportunity to participate in the book club about Mary C. Neal’s book To Heaven and Back: A Doctor’s Extraordinary Account of Her Death, Heaven, Angels, and Life Again: A True Story. This is not a scholarly or academic book, but a personal account by this medical doctor of [Read More...]

Doctor Who: The Space Museum

The Doctor Who episode “The Space Museum” explores a temporal paradox of the sort that the show up until this point has largely sidestepped, but which has characterized the post-hiatus series. The Doctor and his companions arrive in a space museum, in which they find themselves and the TARDIS on display. The Doctor realizes that [Read More...]


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