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Loraine Boettner, in Reply to the Charge of Fatalism

In his book, The Reformed Doctrine of Predestination, Boettner devotes a section to responding to “Objections Commonly Urged Against the Reformed Doctrine of Predestination.” The first he considers is the charge that it is fatalism. Boettner responds: Much misunderstanding arises through confusing the Christian Doctrine of Predestination with the heathen doctrine of Fatalism. There is, […]

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“What Fatalism Is,” by B. B. Warfield

I continue with what’s become the theme of the week, contrasting fatalism with the Reformed doctrine of providence, demonstrating that they are not one and the same. Here is a classic by B. B. Warfield. I particularly like the story he uses at the end. “This is a sad state of mind that people fall […]

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A. H. Strong on Fatalism and Islam

Continuing with the theme of fatalism, which Reformed theology is often falsely charged with endorsing, A. H. Strong, himself a Calvinist, finds this idea to be far more consistent with Islam than Christianity: Fatalism maintains the certainty, but denies the freedom, of human self-determination,—thus substituting fate for providence. To this view we object that (a) […]

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Charles Hodge on Fatalism

Calvinism is sometimes charged with being “fatalistic.” This is a charge made in ignorance, both with regard to Calvinism’s teachings, as well as the meaning of “fatalism.” Charles Hodge explains: It is objected, in the fourth place, that the doctrine of decrees amounts to the heathen doctrine of fate. There is only one point of […]

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1 John 2:2 and Definite Atonement

He is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world. – 1 John 2:2 This verse is one of the three main “problem texts” referenced in response to the Calvinistic doctrine of particular redemption (also called “limited atonement” or “definite atonement”), the other two […]

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One “What” and Three “Who’s”?

I recently ran across this quote by Hank Hanegraaff in describing the Trinity: Now, when we’re talking about Father, Son and Holy Spirit we’re talking about personal identification formed and completed on the basis of relationships within the Godhead. So you might say, from a biblical perspective, that there’s one “What” and three “Who”s. (Source: […]

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Salvation as a Past Reality – Part I: Election and Atonement

There are numerous misconceptions regarding the doctrine of salvation in the church today. Most of these can be attributed to a lack of theological study, and the inadvertent substitution of traditions and philosophies in the place of biblical truths. One issue I want to briefly discuss is the notion that salvation is a one-time event. […]

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The Pursuit of Happiness

Piper on Christian Hedonism: One common objection to Christian Hedonism is that it puts the interests of man above the glory of God—that it puts my happiness above God’s honor. But Christian Hedonism most emphatically does not do this. To be sure, we Christian Hedonists endeavor to pursue our interest and our happiness with all […]

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