Calvinist Attempts to Rescue God’s Character Considered and Refuted

Calvinist Attempts to Rescue God’s Character Considered and RefutedAs anyone who has read me or listened to me (on the subject of Calvinism) knows, my main complaint about Calvinism is that it undermines the character of God. Of course, I do not mean that God’s real character can be undermined; I mean the reputation of God’s character is undermined by Calvinism. And when I write or speak that way I am referring primarily, of course, to “high federal Calvinism” or “classical five point Calvini … [Read more...]

Remembering an All-But-Forgotten, Extremely Influential Theologian: Christoph Blumhardt

Remembering an All-But-Forgotten, Extremely Influential Theologian: Christoph BlumhardtMuch to their credit, a few historical theologians are trying to revive memory of German theologian-evangelist Christoph Blumhardt. My friend and co-author Christian Collins Winn (Bethel College, MN) is one of them. (He and I collaborated on our recently published book Reclaiming Pietism: Retrieving an Evangelical Tradition [Eerdmans, 2015].) In my opinion, however, Blumhardt is one of those great … [Read more...]

My Visit to Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (March 26, 2015)

My Visit to Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (March 26, 2015)Several weeks ago I received a nice letter from President Paige Patterson of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas—the largest seminary in the world. (It is one of six seminaries officially affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention.) The letter expressed appreciation for some of my writings. Dr. Patterson also expressed a desire to meet me sometime, so I responded cordially and said I would b … [Read more...]

C. S. Lewis Said It: God’s “Goodness” Cannot Be Wholly Other

C. S. Lewis Said It: God’s “Goodness” Cannot Be Wholly OtherFor years now I have been insisting that the main reason I am not a Calvinist (or any kind of divine determinist) is that, taken to its “good and necessary consequences,” Calvinism makes God morally monstrous. I fully realize and understand that many Calvinists do not see this and disagree. Of course they do. In my opinion, most simply close their eyes to the fact that if God creates some people, created in his image and likeness, fo … [Read more...]

Why Are We (in the U.S.A.) Headed toward a Police State?

Why Are We (In the U.S.A.) Headed toward a Police State? Some time ago here I suggested that the U.S., a society that promotes itself as the “land of the free,” is headed gradually but discernably toward becoming a police state. All one has to do to discern the validity of this concern is pay attention to the news. Some police, prosecutors and judges, to say nothing of federal agencies, seem able to act outside the spirit of the law, if not the letter of the law, with impunity. This … [Read more...]

What Is the “Image of God” in the Human? A Place for Christians to Begin Thinking about the “Transhuman”

What Is the “Image of God” in the Human? A Place for Christians to Begin Thinking about the “Transhuman”In my most recent post here I raised ethical questions about the idea of “transhumanity” or “posthumanity”—technology being used to transcend normal humanity into “humanity plus.” So far as I can tell there are no examples of this yet; only ideas that seem possible to some people given the tremendous technological enhancements created and offered to persons with physical disabilities and di … [Read more...]

“Transhumanism” and Ethics: An Invitation to Discussion of a Cultural “Cutting Edge”

“Transhumanism” and Ethics: An Invitation to Discussion of a Cultural “Cutting Edge”Increasingly one reads about “transhumanism”—a broad and diverse movement to promote the fundamental transformation of humanity individually or collectively through technology. Transhumanism is not merely the promotion of human physical and mental enhancement but transformation. In other words, via technology, it is hoped, the human will evolve into a new life form with abilities not afforded by biology or cur … [Read more...]


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