Saturday, August 1, 2009

The Enemy of my Enemy

Calvinist Greg Welty states: Clearly then, the controversy between Calvinists and non-Calvinists over unconditional election is not the Calvinists’ assertion that God elects some for salvation, since non-Calvinists believe this too. Rather, the controversy is over the Calvinists’ negative claim, namely, the denial that divine election unto salvation is on the basis of works or foreseen faith. (link) It's interesting to me that while Calvinists are not united on the doctrine of election; they all agree Arminianism is wrong. So as opposed to formulating the doctrine of election in a positive assertion unique to Calvinism, they simply deny the Arminian view of foreseen faith. This has it's roots in the supra vs. sub lapsarian controversy. If they all agreed that God choose from among pre-fallen man or post-fallen man they could form such a positive assertion. But since they disagree on this point, they go with the enemy of my enemy approach and target Arminianism.

The problem is this "raises the bar". Calvinists must now shoulder the difficult task of proving a negative – they must specifically take out Arminianism. So instead of showing XYZ is taught in scripture (or the preponderance of evidence leans that way), which is all the Arminian must do; Calvinist must show ABC is denied in scripture (not just ‘not taught’, but explicitly denied). In short, internal disagreements within Calvinism require them to shoulder an a-symmetrical burden of proof in comparison to Arminianism.

6 comments:

bossmanham said...

Aw goodness, Dan. I read your post and then look to the left and see one of the T-bloggers has already responded. They really like you, lol.

Good post, btw.

The Seeking Disciple said...

No doubt Boss that you are quickly making many enemies in the Calvinist world. If you lived in Geneva, you would already be dead!

The Seeking Disciple said...

No doubt Boss I agree with you is what I meant and that you would be dead was aimed at Dan. Sorry about that mix up.

natamllc said...

Dan

would you explain the foreseen view of Faith?

What is this doctrine?

Godismyjudge said...

Hi Boss,

Yep, I have that impact on people. :-)

God be with you,
Dan

Godismyjudge said...

Dear Roy,

Sorry about that mix up.

Probably goes double for Boss. :-)

God be with you,
Dan