I just finished N. T. Wright’s book on atonement, The Day the Revolution Began. As with every Wright book, it’s about 60% stuff he’s said a dozen times over, 25% helpful and enlightening ideas for reading and understanding the New Testament, and 15% things that you just end up unsure about. And as always, that … Continue reading "The Evangelical Heart of Wright’s Atonement"
The classical Calvinist doctrine of limited atonement is problematic in several ways, even if it does contain a nugget of truth. One of these problems is simply bad exegesis, which in turn results from an unbiblical hermeneutic. A key place where this problem manifests itself is in limited atonement prooftexts like this one: She will … Continue reading "He Died for His People, Not the Elect"
Honestly, as much as I strenuously oppose the doctrine of limited atonement on logical and theological grounds, my most confident and compelling reasons are simply Biblical. I don’t think Scripture supports the doctrine in any way, shape, or form, but in fact entirely and completely contradicts it. I think T. F. Torrance was altogether correct in … Continue reading "The Backward Hermeneutic of Limited Atonement"
When I originally ran into Calvinism, limited atonement was the most frightening doctrine to me, and it almost sounded heretical. Even when I was a Calvinist, I originally and in the end found it awfully stretchy in relation to what Scripture actually says, and for that reason I was quite happy to abandon it when the … Continue reading "The Bible, Limited Atonement, the Church, and the World"
This post was not written for here. I wrote it as part of a forum debate. Yet I am fairly happy with how it turned out, so I’m going to quote it here for the benefit of anyone who might be interested. The universe was created ex nihilo, out of nothing at all, and therefore is not intrinsically tied … Continue reading "All Things for Good: A Technical Look at God’s Sovereignty via the Cross"
My name is Caleb, and I used to be a Calvinist. To be honest, I’m still kind of like one, but I’m definitely not a 5-point, TULIP believer. In fact, the center of TULIP theology, the L, is my primary problem, the problem which epitomizes what is wrong with the entire system. If by any … Continue reading "Calvinism’s Closet Heresy? Torrance on Limited Atonement"
So I had this thought while I was taking a walk yesterday. I had been thinking about the term “holy love” which is occasionally used in theology. This brought me to the doctrine of divine simplicity. A few of you here probably already know that that means, but for those of you who don’t, divine simplicity takes … Continue reading "How God is Simple, and Why That is Good News (Divine Simplicity and the Cross)"
God isn’t always easy to trust. I don’t just mean in the daily lives of living out of faith. I mean even based on what we know of Him, it can be tough to trust Him to be good. Prime example: This is what the LORD of Hosts says: ‘I witnessed what the Amalekites did … Continue reading "When God Doesn’t Seem Good: Living with Tough Texts in the Bible"
It isn’t enough to say that Jesus died to pay the price for our sins. While it is a true statement, it is only part of the picture. So I want to revisit a basic question: What did Jesus intend to accomplish (and, since He rose again, we can confidently say that He did accomplish) in His death? … Continue reading "What Did Jesus’ Death Do, Exactly?"
You cannot focus only on God. That makes no sense and is really impossible. You also must not focus only on people. That is also a serious error. What is the meaning of my blabbering? See, there are two extremes of error into which people are prone to fall. On one hand, there is the … Continue reading "Let Everything Be Cross-shaped"