On why I never became Arminian…

Just browsing through some google searches on audio lectures by certain syngergist philosophers and the search results brought up several Arminian pages.  Everyone was framed on “why I am not a Calvinist.”  Fair enough, I suppose, and I have my own problems with high Calvinism, but if I were wanting to leave Calvinism, I would leave it.  I wouldn’t keep bringing it up.  Kind of like Atheists with God and Vegans with everything.

About J. B. Aitken

Interests include patristics, the role of the soul in the human person, analytic theology, Reformed Scholasticism, Medievalism, Substance Metaphysics
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3 Responses to On why I never became Arminian…

  1. Evan says:

    A couple questions. First, a historical question. Would the Reformed and Post-Reformation theologians recognize you as a “calvinist”?

    Second, how would you define Calvinist? Just monergism? Or is absolute predestination a necessary tenet? If the latter is a necessary tenet, then obviously someone like Torrance is not a Calvinist.

    Third, do you think that the divide between Calvinism and Arminianism is somewhat artificial? It seems like there are more positions. I myself am uneasy about absolute predestination; nevertheless, I would never use the language and vocabulary that I hear most Arminians use– it makes me cringe.


    • 1st question: Probably not. Bucer would have.
      2′ Absolute predestination is a necessary condition, but not a sufficient one. Reprobation, however, is not. I don’t think Vermigli held to reprobation.

      3′ Yes. Arminianism arose within the Reformed tradition, though it heavily mutated under Wesley.

      I am more or less a Torrancian right now. I don’t like absolute predestination, but I don’t like silly comments like “God saw I would choose him and that’s what predestination means.”


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