Calvin, Lewis, and Knowing Yourself

John Calvin and C.S. Lewis seem to be worlds apart. If they had a theological debate, there’s no doubt they would have many points of disagreement. Calvin was, of course, a Reformer, and he espoused his system known as “Calvinism.” Lewis was an eclectic of sorts, a self-professed lay minister, and he was decidedly “Arminian.” Calvin was a sixteenth century pastor in Switzerland. Lewis was a twentieth century literature professor in Great Britain. Yet at the same time, there is some overlap between these two men. One of the great things about Christianity is that the essentials of the faith make for … Continue reading Calvin, Lewis, and Knowing Yourself

Conversation Between a Calvinist and an Arminian

This is from John Piper’s post earlier this week about how Charles Simeon, a Calvinist, tried to reason with John Wesley, an Arminian, about the supremacy of God in the salvation and perseverance of Christians.  I have adapted it to contemporary language. So you call yourself an Arminian. People call me a Calvinist; and therefore we are supposed to argue about finer points of theology. But before we start fighting, may I ask you a few questions? Do you think that you are a depraved person, so depraved, in fact, that you would have never turned to God if God … Continue reading Conversation Between a Calvinist and an Arminian

New Calvinism vs. Old Calvinism

Time magazine writes that “New Calvinism” is the third biggest idea that is changing the world right now.  That’s pretty significant.  On the Resurgence blog, you can read Driscoll’s insights on how New Calvinism differs from Old Calvinism. Before I go, I want to say a quick word on the label “Calvinism.”  I don’t like labels, because people have preconceived notions and opinions when they hear a particular label.  Ask any “Calvinist” about who they follow, and they will say, “I follow Jesus, not Calvin.  Calvin simply brought to light biblical theology that was clouded over during a dark period … Continue reading New Calvinism vs. Old Calvinism

An Overview of TULIP

Series Index Total Depravity Unconditional Election Limited Atonement Irresistible Grace Perseverance of the Saints Part 1 in a 5 part series. View series intro and index. There has been so much literature written about these five precious points of Reformed doctrine, so I will in no way attempt to write exhaustive essays about them.  However, over the next week, I will write overviews of each of the points.  I will try to heed the words of Proverbs 17:27-28 (which I fail at so often), “Whoever restrains his words has knowledge, and he who has a cool spirit is a man … Continue reading An Overview of TULIP