In Part 1, I briefly surveyed New Testament statements on predestination. In this post, I have compiled a list of views on predestination held by church leaders throughout Christian history with the help of Predestination: The American Career of a Contentious Doctrine by Peter J. Thuesen. Here are the major views I noticed along with a […]
sovereignty and freedom
What are the most controversial ideas in the history of Christianity? From my reading of Christian history here are the first two that come to mind: 1.) The Trinity, 2.) Predestination. If you want to understand one of those controversial ideas, how should you begin? For any idea that has a long and contentious history, […]
I recently had a challenging class where students asked difficult questions about God and evil. I did my best to answer their questions, but I wasn’t quite prepared for that complex topic. After struggling with the issues for a couple of days I posted the two youtube videos below.
Have you ever gotten into a debate that made your head spin? In Christian thought there’s one topic that has caused a lot of dizziness: God’s sovereignty vs. human free will. God’s sovereignty means that God has authority over all that he has made and he can do whatever he wants with what he has […]
A teenage girl once shared her thoughts with me on God’s sovereignty. To paraphrase her argument, “What’s the point of serving God? He already knows whether I’m going to end up in heaven or hell. Since he planned everything out, my actions and choices don’t really matter.” It’s hard to argue with a person who […]