Here are the major perspectives on baptism, what it is and does, within Christianity, really briefly: Baptist (aka Zwinglian) Baptism is purely symbolic. It does not do anything except make a public statement about what your new identity in Christ. It comes after salvation and plays no role in the process. It should be by full immersion, and … Continue reading "60 Second Overview of Perspectives on Baptism"
If you’re not familiar with the term ordo salutis, it is Latin and means “order of salvation,” and is basically a framework for laying out the different parts and events of salvation in order. There are two common views on the ordo salutis, a Calvinistic one and an Arminian one. Here’s the a short version of the most common layout, … Continue reading "An Evangelical Calvinist Ordo Salutis"
I really am a rare breed when it comes to the debate over Calvinism/election/predestination/sovereignty. There are a lot of studied Calvinists who were once unlearned (and often non-professing, de facto) Arminians. Likewise, there are enough ex-Calvinists (who are now usually Arminians, Catholics, or unbelievers) who never knew the system well, and still repeat common misunderstandings and misconceptions about what … Continue reading "2 Biblical Issues I Think Calvinism Gets Wrong"
I’ve written in the last several months on occasion about my move away from classical Calvinism into something which, when I feel the need to name it (and I often don’t), I’d call Evangelical Calvinism. And while I have provided a couple of posts giving some details about this transition, I’ve heard people say to me since then … Continue reading "In Other Words: An Alternative Dictionary of Election"
As Christians, we sometimes debate things. Usually doctrines or practices, mainly because those are the only real categories. But alas, often in these debates people use terrible arguments and logical fallacies. So I’m just going to review a few common logical fallacies I’ve seen used in Christian debate in alphabetical order, and show some example problems involving them. … Continue reading "Bro, Your Argument Stinks: Theological Fallacies"
The Bible is God’s word. This is a conviction Christians have shared since the beginning. When the Bible speaks, we believe, God speaks. We have been debating what exactly that means for quite some time, but nonetheless seem to agree that this is the case. So we try to conform our lives to what Scripture teaches. Unfortunately, when we … Continue reading "Don’t Make Yourself God When You Read the Bible"
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"
You don’t have a soul. You are a soul. You have a body. C. S. Lewis Or not. The above quote was supposedly said by C. S. Lewis, one of our favorite theologians of the modern age. The sentiment is echoed all over the place in Christianity. People complain about their bodies and long for … Continue reading "You Are Not a Soul"
“I just believe the Bible.” People say this a lot, and in a previous post of mine I examined why that’s not really true for anyone. That said, there is a worthy ideal behind that statement. Pardon my Protestantism showing, but I believe we are called as Christians to subject all of our thoughts and … Continue reading "How To Be a True Biblicist (Or, Unexpected Truth about Taking the Bible Seriously)"
As many of you know by now, I am no longer a classical Calvinist. But alas, as almost as many of you probably wonder, what I believe on such matters is no longer obvious, either. So for anyone who never read all of my posts on Evangelical Calvinism (located here if you are interested), or … Continue reading "TULIP Status Update"