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Calvinism and Free Will Personal Note [added in ]: This is one of the first essays I wrote for this web site, originally sketched out in and later filled out in much more detail in At that time I was largely in agreement with the basic tenets of Calvinism, as the essay makes clear.
I assumed, along with most Calvinists as well as most other evangelical Christiansthat only those people who believe in the fundamental doctrines of Christianity would be saved, and the rest would be damned to hell.
I also assumed that the Bible was the literal word of God and so had to be absolutely free of error. The main point of the essay, however, was not to defend these background beliefs but rather to examine the different concepts of free will compatibilistic vs.
I may eventually find the time to bring the essay up-to-date with my current beliefs, but until then I am keeping it on my web site as originally written for the sake of the discussion about these various conceptions of free will.
I think anyone interested in the subject of Calvinism whether pro or con should be aware of these distinctions in how free will is conceived by the various sides. I think it is important for believers in Christianity to recognize that this is what the original founders of their religion fairly consistently assumed.
See My Theological Pigeonhole for further details on my current beliefs. In this paper, I will start with the term Calvinism. Although this is actually relatively well defined in theological circles, and almost all evangelical Christians have heard of it and have some concept of what it means, many would be surprised to learn that some still use it differently than others.
But this is actually virtually identical to what the Arminian view holds. Others go the opposite direction and think of Calvinism in terms of being a complete disciple of John Calvin.
These Christians are often understandably shocked and dismayed that any Bible-believing Christian would call himself a Calvinist, for the Bible clearly teaches that our allegiance is to be to Christ, not to any man.
However, what both of these groups apparently fail to realize is that their definitions of the term Calvinism are very different from what most people understand it to mean. This paper uses the term Calvinism as I believe it is most commonly used, which is to mean belief in a certain set of five interrelated doctrinal points, famously abbreviated TULIP.
Briefly stated, these five points of Calvinism are as follows: T stands for Total depravity. This is the doctrine that unsaved man apart from God is totally depraved, or corrupted, and in complete rebellion against God.
But apart from God, every act of unsaved man would be totally evil. One Scripture that demonstrates this is Rom. U stands for Unconditional election. This means God makes a sovereign choice to elect choose certain people to save them.Adams' God exists now as a combination of the smallest units of energy of which the universe is made (many levels smaller than quarks), which Adams called "God Dust", and the law of probability, or "God's debris", hence the title.
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No other possibility exists.