After our first podcast received a positive response, Derek Rishmawy, Andrew Wilson, and I recorded another podcast, this time on the question: Do Calvinists Worship Another God?
We interacted with Fred Sanders’ superb piece, How Not to Fight Calvinists and Zach Hunt’s Dear John (An Open Letter to John Calvin).
Do take a listen and share your thoughts in the comments!
About Alastair Roberts
Alastair Roberts (PhD, Durham University) writes in the areas of biblical theology and ethics, but frequently trespasses beyond these bounds. He participates in the weekly Mere Fidelity podcast, blogs at Alastair’s Adversaria, and tweets at @zugzwanged.
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It been my experience that because of the way in which American Evangelicals frame the gospel as simple anti-pelagianism (e.g. Warfield’s Plan of Salvation), those who are consciously Reformed place their understanding of election at the very heart of their thought. In other words, monergism is the gospel that the church is here to proclaim; and so it becomes the sun around which everything else revolves.
I remember the epiphany that occurred after having just read Wright asking of his students ‘which God do you not believe in’, and then sitting in a Sunday School Class on Palm Sunday in which a church elder explained (authoritatively as elder) that we had to be careful. God was not truly sorry for Jerusalem (as Jesus’ tears might mislead us into believing). We know this because before the foundation of the world……
It occurred to me that the circle I was a part of (and it is a huge circle in America) might be playing with a Christological heresy in that they believe in a god who was up to something other than what we see in Jesus. If Christ is of one substance with the Father, then why are we allowing particular understandings of St. Paul to tweak away what we find in the gospels.
Think I may have commented at the wrong place. 🙂