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A Reformed Tradition Not Quite Right

David Baggett and Jerry L. Walls

in Good God

Published in print March 2011 | ISBN: 9780199751808
Published online May 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199894840 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199751808.003.0005
A Reformed Tradition Not Quite Right

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The orientation of this book is Arminian and, as such, approaches the issues within a generally Reformed tradition. This chapter critiques a Calvinist paradigm as inadequate to the task of showing God to be recognizably good and loving enough to sustain a moral argument for God's existence. For such arguments must take as nonnegotiable certain entailments of morality that would stand in too much tension with some of the more hard-edged implications of Calvinism. This chapter counsels readers on philosophical grounds to reinterpret those biblical passages taken to imply Calvinism, since non-Calvinist readings consonant with sound principles of exegesis and much less morally problematic are readily available. The five salient objections raised against Calvinism include compatibilism, euphemism, radical voluntarism, the terrible tenet, and a semantic phenomenon.

Keywords: Calvinists; Arminians; terrible tenet; equivocation; compatibilism; euphemism; radical voluntarism

Chapter.  7588 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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