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Daniel Johnson on Calvinism: Calvinism and the Problem of Evil

The first essay, "Calvinism and the Problem of Evil: A Map of the Territory," in Calvinism and the Problem of Evil is by one of the two editors, Daniel Johnson. The point of Johnson’s paper is to show that there are a variety of distinctions within the Reformed tradition that can be brought together to provide plausible response to the problem of evil. This chapter is a bit long - too long for one post - and there is already material in the first section worth discussing. That will be this focus in this post. What is Calvinism? In answering this question, Johnson distinguishes between two strands of Calvinism: one is soteriological and one is deterministic. The former concerns our ability with respective to salvation whereas the latter is a [...]

2018-06-07T21:31:24+00:00 July 30th, 2016|Comments Off on Daniel Johnson on Calvinism: Calvinism and the Problem of Evil

Calvinism and the Problem of Evil: Introduction to Post Series

I have been aware that this book was in the works for over a year and I'm very happy it has reached my mailbox. Ever since I was an undergraduate student in the early 2000s, I have been thinking about Calvinism as a philosopher. With the exception of David Ciocchi, who was then an agnostic-autonomist (and I'd bet still is), and a handful of other undergraduate and graduate students, the philosophical climate at Biola University was deeply opposed to Calvinism. My explanation for this environment was partly due to the fact that Biola University and Talbot Seminary had some heavy-hitters in the Evangelical world - J.P. Moreland and William Lane Craig, amongst others - who regard Calvinists as a fringe element of Christendom, and partly due to the fact [...]

2018-06-07T21:31:10+00:00 July 27th, 2016|6 Comments