The Power of God’s Mercy: An Orthodox Response to Spencer Boersma’s “The Impotence of Calvinism?” (1 of 2)

   Spencer Boersma posted “The Impotence of Calvinism?” on After Orthodoxy?  In it he presents a hypothetical conversation between a Young Man and his Calvinist pastor about his struggle to live a holy life and God’s preservation of the elect. Here is a partial excerpt of the conversation.   YM: A Young Man turned to his pastor and said, “Pastor, why did I sin?” P: “Because you did not obey God, son,”…

"Plucking the TULIP" in PDF format

(Amended 2 April 2013) I have combined the various postings on “Plucking the TULIP” into one long (26 pages) research style paper.  The aim here is to make the overall argument against TULIP available in one document.  Hopefully, this will make it more convenient for readers to  follow the arguments I have been making concerning the Reformed doctrine of double predestination. Note: In response to various comments I made a number of…

Plucking the TULIP (4) — An Eastern Orthodox Critique of the Reformed Doctrine of Predestination

  Monergism and the Heresy of Monotheletism Much of the Reformed tradition’s Christology and Trinitarian theology came out of the ancient Ecumenical Councils.  There were many gatherings in the early Church.  Many were local councils but the great Councils made decisions that would ensure the wellbeing of the entire Church (hence the name “Ecumenical”).  These gatherings followed the precedent by the Jerusalem Council in Acts 15 and are the fulfillment of Christ’s…

Plucking the TULIP (3) — An Eastern Orthodox Critique of the Reformed Doctrine of Predestination

  Two Approaches to the Trinity The Reformed tradition’s monergistic premise is consequential, not just for soteriology, but for its understanding of the Trinity.  This is because theology (the nature of God) and economy (how God relates to creation) are integrally related.  To separate the two would result in a defective theological system.  A comparison between the Eastern and Western theological traditions demonstrates how different approaches to the Trinity led to different…

Plucking the TULIP (2) – An Eastern Orthodox Critique of the Reformed Doctrine of Predestination

In an earlier posting I critiqued the individual components of TULIP, an acronym used by Calvinists to explain and defend double predestination: Total Depravity, Unconditional Election, Limited Atonement, Irresistible Grace, and the Preservation of the Saints.  In this posting I will be critiquing TULIP as an overall theological system first by discussing how TULIP developed from Augustine’s theology.  Then, I will discuss how TULIP’s denial of human free will is consequential for…

The Song of Simeon and the Bible

This guest posting is by Vincent Martini. It was published earlier in Orthodoxy and Heterodoxy on August 15, 2012. Thank you Vincent and Welcome to the OrthodoxBridge!   Robert   The Great Library of Alexandria (established during the reign of Pharaoh Ptolemy II Philadelphus, ca. 283-246 BC, and originally organized by a student of Aristotle) contained innumerable manuscripts, works and scrolls from all over the world. In order to ensure everything possible was…

Excerpts from Irenaeus of Lyons

As a follow up on my previous posting: “Irenaeus of Lyons: Contending for the Faith Once Delivered,” I will be presenting excerpts from his Against the Heretics with some short comments about how they relate to our present situation.  In a comment thread I noted that Irenaeus’ Against the Heretics contains lengthy detailed discussions of the Gnostic heresy with nuggets of wisdom here and there.  I am presenting these excerpts as a convenience…