Total Depravity, Total Inability

While studying the biblical teaching of sin and depravity, I was re-reading Louis Berkhof's summary of total depravity and total inability. As usual, I appreciated the concise and clear way Berkhof described these biblical concepts. Here are those two sections from his Systematic Theology: Total depravity. In view of its pervasive character, inherited pollution is… Continue reading Total Depravity, Total Inability

Wholly Defiled (Van Dixhoorn)

In quite a few places the Bible talks about the sinfulness of mankind. Scripture does not gloss over evil or minimize sin. It describes it and explains it it most clear terms. Not only is the human heart deceitful above all things, it is also dead in sin apart from God's renewing grace (Jer. 17:9;… Continue reading Wholly Defiled (Van Dixhoorn)

Overcoming Evil (Guinness)

(This is a re-post from September 2010. I wanted to put it up here again since I've been listening to The Brothers Karamazov.) Os Guinness: "For Christians who believe that Jesus is kinsman redeemer and Messiah, their faith centers on a scandal that no time can rub smooth and no triumphs ever soften: A tortured… Continue reading Overcoming Evil (Guinness)

When Evil is Cool (Guinness)

It's no secret that our culture's leading and loudest voices refuse to call evil what it is. Killing a baby in the womb is called a choice. Hostile rioting and violent looting are called protesting. Sexual sins are called rights. Vicious and murderous words on social media are called freedom of speech. And the list… Continue reading When Evil is Cool (Guinness)

The Problem of Evil in Atheism (Groothuis)

 In chapter 25 of Christian Apologetics, Douglas Groothuis discusses the problem of evil from a Christian perspective.  In this chapter he gives five unsatisfactory answers to evil.  The first one is atheism.  I thought this was quite helpful: Given the surfeit of evil, atheism advances itself as intellectually and morally superior to Christianity (and any religion).  Atheism is… Continue reading The Problem of Evil in Atheism (Groothuis)