God’s Sovereignty, God’s Goodness, and the Fall of Man

Calvin and Arminius are well known for their views on predestination, but I would argue that they cared less about that subject than they did about defending particular attributes of God’s nature which they felt were at risk of being overlooked, under-appreciated, or misrepresented.  The attributes they sought to defend informed their arguments concerning predestination …

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Arminius on the Doctrine of Predestination

I first encountered the doctrine of predestination as described by Jacob Arminius in his “Public Disputations”, which opened his collected writings in Arminius Speaks: Essential Writings on Predestination, Free Will, and the Nature of God.  After that first encounter, I honestly couldn’t detect any difference between his view and Calvin's.  As I continued to read through …

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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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A study of Calvin and Arminius, My Motivations and Initial Thoughts

I decided a few months ago to dive head first into the works of John Calvin and Jacob Arminius with the hope of finally figuring out where I land on the spectrum between these two Reformers.  I have been wrestling through the Calvinism vs. Arminianism debate over the past several years, never, as of yet, …

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A Recommendation to Improve Your Bible Study

Are you someone who wants to increase your depth of understanding of the Bible? Are you ready to go beyond just reading and start doing Bible study? Do you want to understand what is actually going on in some of the strange passages of your Bible that most people are afraid to talk about or lack depth of knowledge to address? Do you want to have a better understanding about what was in the minds of the Israelites written to and about in the Old Testament or those who wrote the Old and New Testament? In this post I discuss what has helped me to grow in my personal Bible study.