Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Calvinists and Arminians on the Problem of Evil: Who Can Say What? (Guillaume Bignon)

Christians believe that God is all-knowing, all-powerful, and perfectly good. But how can we reconcile belief in God with the abundance of human and animal suffering in our world? Since Christians have different beliefs about God's role in our decisions, responses will vary. In this lecture, theologian Guillaume Bignon discusses the explanations available to Calvinists and Arminians (including Open Theists, Classical Arminians, and Molinists).


In case you're not sure where you stand on the issue of free will, here's the chart from Guillaume's lecture:

6 comments:

  1. @David Wood could u create a blog called Jesus v.s. Zoroaster, disputing the claim that the bible was copied from Zoroastrianism.

    Thank You In Advance

    David

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    1. You don't need a full blog to answer something like that http://www.kingdavid8.com/_full_article.php?id=07ed0975-6b9f-11e1-b1f8-842b2b162e97

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  2. Why don't you include Lutheranism in this?

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    1. Probably because Lutherans are not apart of the Reformed tradition.

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Calvinism

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  3. "Arminian" is basically a calvinist expression for people who believe in free will (the normal kind of free will where you actually have options and the ability to act against God's will). All the church fathers believed in free will the first 200 years AD long before Arminius lived.

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    1. I'm sorry, but the normal kind of free will is not normal to the Bible. Libertarian Free will( or Autonomous Free will ) is a concept that arises in Christianity in its purest form when a man who started Pelagianism . It may predate him . But Calvinism holds that man has a "Free will". Man does what is consistent with his nature. He doesn't do what he doesn't want to do. But he will always be in the bounds of God's sovereignty and his sinful nature.

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