Not long ago, I was reading Malachi when I was struck by a verse commonly quoted in the Calvinist circle. In Malachi 1:2b-3a, God tells Israel, “I have loved Jacob, but Esau I have hated.” The Apostle Paul later cites this in Romans 9:13. Calvinists often deploy it as evidence of individual, unconditional election. It … Continue reading "Jacob I Loved, Esau I Hated"
[A recent post of mine on Reddit.] Inspired by yesterday’s thread on heresies Christians can or can’t believe and u/peasantcore’s comment on it, I’d like to question the usefulness/legitimacy of the notion of heresy for Protestants. Heresy usually is defined in terms of crossing a doctrinal boundary of a religion, in our case the Christian … Continue reading "Is heresy a meaningful concept for Protestants?"