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…

Irenaeus of Lyons: Contending for the Faith Once Delivered

Today’s posting was originally published in Again Magazine. St. Irenaeus is considered by many to be the greatest Christian theologian of the second century.  Irenaeus is well known for Against the Heretics — a theological classic in which he defended the Christian Faith against the heresy of Gnosticism.  He was a third generation Christian, a disciple of Polycarp, the disciple of the Apostle John.  He was born between 130 to 140 and…

Work In Progress

Dear Folks, I’m still working on Plucking the TULIP (2). Your patience is very much appreciated. Robert

Plucking the TULIP (1) – An Orthodox Critique of the Reformed Doctrine of Predestination

  The doctrine of double predestination is the hallmark of John Calvin and Reformed theology. (#1)  It is the belief that just as God predestined his elect to eternal life in Christ, he likewise predestined (reprobated) the rest to hell.   With blunt frankness Calvin wrote: We call predestination God’s eternal decree, which he compacted with himself what he willed to become of each man.  For all are not created in equal…

Why We Need an All-English Liturgy

  In 2007, Christianity Today published an article, “Will the Twenty First Century be the Orthodox Century?”  In it Bradley Nassif argued that Orthodoxy will indeed grow and expand in this coming century.  But in an Again Magazine article, “The Orthodox Christian Opportunity,” Nassif noted although many people are converting to Orthodoxy, significant numbers of these converts are also leaving through the backdoor discouraged and disenchanted.  Much of the reasons for their…