I've been asked to comment about the doctrinal and ecclesiological impacts of the teaching of Calvin and Arminius. Not having read any of their works, I'm at something of a disadvantage, but then again, I've heard a lot of others who have never read either debating the issues ad infinitum. It has something to do with divine sovereignty and human responsibility, I'm told.
So here goes. Does the Bible teach God's sovereignty? Yes. Does it teach human responsibility? Absolutely. Does it teach security in His care? You betcha. Does it teach about a sin which cannot be forgiven? Yup.
Do I understand completely how all of these Biblical doctrines are reconciled? Nope, and I'm under the impression that neither did Calvin nor Arminius. They do now, of course. I think I'll eagerly try to learn as much as I can until He straightens me out on the issues.
Side note: a friend tells me that one of Arminius' theological heroes was....Calvin, whose work he valued second only to the Bible. Interesting footnote to all of these debates, eh?
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