Scot McKnight and Calvinism

Reformation theology in general, and Calvinism in  particular, enjoy a resurgence on the contemporary theological scene, especially in the US. This is viewed in different ways, depending on the theological vintage point. For some this is a needed return the biblical truth, while others, including myself, see this as a dangerous sort of neo-Fundamentalism.

Many of us in the theological field have wrestled, at a point or another with the paradox of divine sovereignty and human freedom and have ended closer of further from Calvin’s take at that dilemma.

In a recent blog post, Scot McKnight describes his own pilgrimage on this trail. I highly recommend it. It is just the first in a theo-biographical series.

Here are just two teasers:

I found two major weaknesses in Calvinism’s theology (and also a disorientation in its architecture): first, the emphasis of its architecture is not the emphasis of the Bible. Its focus on God’s Sovereignty, which very quickly becomes much less a doctrine of grace than a doctrine of control and theodicy etc, and its overemphasis on human depravity are not the emphases I found in the Bible. The overemphasis I see of these two in high Calvinism comes more from Augustine and later Calvinists than from the rhetoric of the biblical authors.

Second, the exegesis of Calvinism on crucial passages I found wanting and sometimes dead wrong.

Read here the entire article.

Author: DanutM

Anglican theologian. Former Director for Faith and Development Middle East and Eastern Europe Region of World Vision International

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