The Comfort of Election (Or: Pelagianism Has No Pity) [Bavinck]

 Some people wrongly think that the biblical teaching of unconditional election is a frightening and dark teaching that hinders evangelism and makes people into fatalists.  It is true that wrong views of election (such as a hyper-Calvinist view, for example) do get in the way of evangelism and can give people a fatalistic outlook.  However, a biblical… Continue reading The Comfort of Election (Or: Pelagianism Has No Pity) [Bavinck]

Calvinism Has No Use for Such Drivel (Bavinck)

Some have said that the Pelagian or Semi-Pelagian view of God, evil, election, salvation, and damnation is more kind and loving than the Calvinist view.  If you've heard that, it's completely false.  I usually like to keep posts shorter than this, but Herman Bavinck's full section on the topic is worth reading.  After spending quite… Continue reading Calvinism Has No Use for Such Drivel (Bavinck)

That Which We Cannot Comprehend

Arthur Dent (d. 1607) wrote one of the most popular Puritan devotional works in the 17th century: The Plain Man's Pathway to Heaven.   This book was reprinted over 50 times in the 17th century, and John Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress was greatly influenced by it.  In The Plain Man's Pathway, Dent records a fictional but instructive dialogue… Continue reading That Which We Cannot Comprehend

Double Predestination in the Carolingian Era

In the 9th century, a Saxon monk named Gottschalk taught what is known today as double predestination.  Swedish historian Bengt Hagglund explains it this way: "[Gottschalk] claimed (with some justification) that he found support for his teaching in the writings of Augustine" (p. 153).  Hagglund goes on. "Gottschalk did not say...that certain persons are predestined… Continue reading Double Predestination in the Carolingian Era

Predestination

   J. Gresham Machen (d. 1937) has an oustanding explanation of predestination in his little book The Christian View of Man.  I realize this biblical doctrine is a tough one.  If you've wrestled with it or know someone who struggles with this doctrine, I recommend reading chapters 3-6 of The Christian View of Man.  I'll give a… Continue reading Predestination