(15-Minute Read) For a while now, I had the idea to share a short article reflecting on some possible theological views concerning pain and suffering. In this article, I examine some renowned Christians' viewpoints that influenced how we can account for the presence of evil and suffering in the world. A Christian Theistic understanding does not exclude God's presence because of the reality of evil, like atheism. This article does not attempt to distinguish between the [...]
Intro: Dr. Ken Wilson summarise his Doctoral thesis titled: “Augustine’s conversion from traditional free choice to ‘non-free Free Will’: A comprehensive methodology” (Mohr Siebeck 2018) in an easily readable seven chapters. Wilson contends that the earliest Christian Fathers (95-400 CE) before St. Augustine of Hippo (386-411 CE) held to a “libertarian free will” and a free choice in salvation. Augustine later reverted to a then pagan, “non-free Free Will,” or, as Wilson calls it, “divine [...]
(Average reading time: 4 minutes) A while back I posted an article looking at the common objections raised against the scholar Jacob Arminius (1559-1609) and subsequently thought to also write about three common misunderstandings surrounding John Calvin as well (1509-1564). Here are three misconceptions: Calvin killed Servetus. A Catholic revert from the reformation Jerome Bolsec started writing elaborate accusations against Calvin about 13 years after his death accusing the reformer of lewd acts, murder and [...]
Bearing false witness? A short description of the central issues with Jacob Arminius (1559-1609) by Pastor Rudolph Boshoff.
(Average reading time: 10 minutes) Born almost a century after Martin Luther, Dutch theologian, minister, and Professor at Leiden University, Jacob Arminius (1559-1609) is purported to be a very controversial figure in the early Reformation. Historically he is caricatured as the antitypical hero who was seemingly instrumental in derailing the pinnacle axis of the Reformation. Theologian Carl Bangs says; "Calvinism came in, Arminius nearly ruined it, and the Synod of Dort restored it." Historical Theologian [...]
In recent years there seemed to be a curious interest in Calvinism. Numerous Christians from all spheres of influence and all walks of life are stating their claim and defining themselves by this term. Brad Vermurlen, a Notre Dame graduate says, “Ten years ago, everyone was talking about the ‘emergent church, and five years ago, people were talking about the ‘missional church.’ And now ‘new Calvinism.’ I don’t want to say the new Calvinism is [...]