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

Is Calvinism Cosmic Determinism? Part 1

Are we robots, chess pieces, puppets on a string? Is that what Reformed theology teaches? I have had more than a few discussions of “free will” with non-Calvinists. And perhaps the first observation I’ve made is that the attack on Calvinism usually has two problems. It doesn’t interact with our confessions. It is usually a … Continue reading Is Calvinism Cosmic Determinism? Part 1

Reformed Theology vs Hyper-Calvinism

Michael S. Horton Before the average believer today learns what Reformed theology (i.e., Calvinism) actually is, he first usually has to learn what it’s not. Often, detractors define Reformed theology not according to what it actually teaches, but according to where they think its logic naturally leads. Even more tragically, some hyper-Calvinists have followed the … Continue reading Reformed Theology vs Hyper-Calvinism