Carter’s Calvinism — Once More

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Craig Carter’s final salvo in our exchange on Calvinism purports to offer us “More on Davis’ Arguments Against Calvinism.” So far as I can see, however, we aren’t really given “more” so much as “more of the same”–variations on the original theme but nothing substantially new. Let me explain.

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On Carter’s Calvinism

carterI am grateful to my colleague, Prof. Craig Carter, for his thoughtful critique of my demonstration against Calvinism. I have learned much from reading his “In Defense of Calvinism” (The Bayview Review, December 16, 2011). Here are just a few points by way of reply.

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A Demonstration Against Calvinism

JCWith the recent publication of Michael Horton’s For Calvinism, along with Roger Olson’s reply Against Calvinism—both with Zondervan (2011)—the Calvinism/Arminianism debate has once again been vaulted front and center in evangelical circles. Horton and Olson are theologians, of course, and their exchange is carried out on that level. Philosophers rarely get invited into this ‘conversation’. They more or less have to push their way in, as Jerry Walls did in his Why I am Not a Calvinist (IVP, 2004). Though of course many Christians are Calvinists, scarcely any Christian philosophers are. No doubt there are many reasons for this. As Christian philosophers, here’s how we look at the issue. Continue reading