Augustine on Free Will, Grace, and Perseverance

Over the past year I have been especially dedicated to the task of learning the differences in the systems known as Calvinism and Arminianism, and in discovering where on that spectrum I fall.  This task has prompted me to read not only the works of contemporary authors on the subjects, but also those of Calvin …

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Not Calvin vs. Arminius, but Calvin vs. the Papists

I began reading Calvin’s Institutes of the Christian Religion (a translation of the 1541 French edition) in order to understand his own perspective on what we know as the Calvinism vs Arminianism debate. I knew that Arminius actually came later, but I wanted to see what undergirded Calvin’s theology and how he reasoned against those …

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Restoration for a Nation in Exile and a World without Hope

The nation of Israel was in exile.1  They had their temple but were under the sovereignty of a pagan nation that did not know, nor respect, their God, Yahweh.  Over 500 years earlier during the reign of the Persian king, Cyrus the Great, the tribes of Benjamin and Judah returned to Jerusalem to rebuild the temple …

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