Is Calvinism Cosmic Determinism? Part 8

In this last post, I end the discussion of proving the doctrine of inability. We can prove the doctrine of the inability of man is by discussing the work of regeneration. This is not a work where man is able to regenerate himself. This is not a work where man can make a decision to … Continue reading Is Calvinism Cosmic Determinism? Part 8

Is Calvinism Cosmic Determinism? Part 7

This post discusses briefly Reformed anthropology. Reformed anthropology is a critical part of understanding Free Will. Reformed anthropology is derived from the Scriptures that makes it clear that the unregenerate man’s state is one of spiritual blindness, darkness or death: “They are darkened in their understanding, alienated from the life of God because of the … Continue reading Is Calvinism Cosmic Determinism? Part 7

Is Calvinism Cosmic Determinism? Part 6

What is meant by liberty? Hodge, “By liberty we mean the inalienable prerogative of the human soul of exercising volition as it pleases. In this sense man is as free now as before the fall.” Understand an important point what something has changed in the Fall but it wasn’t freedom or agency. It was ability. … Continue reading Is Calvinism Cosmic Determinism? Part 6

Is Calvinism Cosmic Determinism? Part 5

Reformed theology in contrasts with Romanism has always maintained that Adam in his created state was made righteous. Holy. He was able not to sin and able to sin. He was not created glorified. He was created able to obey or disobey. He was created liable and susceptible to external temptation. While Adam was created … Continue reading Is Calvinism Cosmic Determinism? Part 5

Is Calvinism Cosmic Determinism? Part 4

In the last 3 posts we have discussed WCF 9.1 and what it meant when it said that humanity must act in accordance with their nature and desire. In the last three posts I have discussed how humanity is responsible for their own actions because those actions belong to them and come from within them. … Continue reading Is Calvinism Cosmic Determinism? Part 4

Is Calvinism Cosmic Determinism? Part 3

If humanity had a will that was determined it would be opposed to all reason. This would make humanity nothing but a “pitiful slave”. It can be common reason for us to look at see that men judge the morals of any kind from the intent of the heart. The heart, will, mind of humanity … Continue reading Is Calvinism Cosmic Determinism? Part 3

Is Calvinism Cosmic Determinism? Part 2

That which regards the actions of men as caused directly by outward circumstances and occasions, under the same great law of necessity which governs the movements of all material agents. The first is not true because we are simply conscious of our possessing the power to determine our own action. External may effect our decisions … Continue reading Is Calvinism Cosmic Determinism? Part 2