Calvinism/Extensivism

Calvinists and Compatibilists Fail Again to Make Compatibilism Believable: The Hypothetical Otherwise Choice

By Ronnie W. Rogers / October 25, 2021 / Comments Off on Calvinists and Compatibilists Fail Again to Make Compatibilism Believable: The Hypothetical Otherwise Choice

Some compatibilists seek to temper compatibilism’s determinism by denying the principle of alternative possibilities (PAP) by various means, such as the proposed hypothetical otherwise choice known more technically as the hypothetical analytic.[1] Calvinists are prone to seek refuge in the hypothetical otherwise from the harsh unbiblical determinism entailed in compatibilism but it fails as all other…

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Compatibilists Fail to Make Compatibilism Believable: The Frankfurt Counterexamples

By Ronnie W. Rogers / October 11, 2021 / Comments Off on Compatibilists Fail to Make Compatibilism Believable: The Frankfurt Counterexamples

In considering this article, remember that Compatibilism is the perspective of Calvinism regarding moral freedom and libertarianism is the perspective of Extensivism (non-Calvinism). Many compatibilists argue that what is known as the Frankfurt counterexamples demonstrate the falsehood of the principle of alternative possibilities (PAP) associated with libertarian freedom—that a person, in at least some scenarios,…

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Calvinist Richard Muller Fails to Diminish Calvinism’s Micro-Determinism

By Ronnie W. Rogers / September 13, 2021 / Comments Off on Calvinist Richard Muller Fails to Diminish Calvinism’s Micro-Determinism

To soften the determinism of Calvinism, Calvinists must decrease the unflinching determinism of compatibilism.[1] Richard Muller seeks to do so through what he calls synchronic contingency. He says synchronic contingency “means that for one moment of time, there is a true alternative for the state of affairs that actually occurs.[2] However, it is important to…

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Calvinist Paul Helm Fails to Acquit God of Causing Evil

By Ronnie W. Rogers / August 30, 2021 / Comments Off on Calvinist Paul Helm Fails to Acquit God of Causing Evil

Closely related to Calvinism’s problem with the fall is its problem with the presence of evil (See my articles The Word “Permit” Is As Micro-Determined as Everything Else; D.A. Carson Fails to Absolve God of Causing Evil, and Calvinism Fails to Absolve God from Causing the Fall ). The reality of evil is very problematic…

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Calvinist D.A. Carson Fails to Acquit God of Causing Evil

By Ronnie W. Rogers / August 16, 2021 / Comments Off on Calvinist D.A. Carson Fails to Acquit God of Causing Evil

D.A. Carson says of his position regarding moral freedom, In the realm of philosophical theology, this position is sometimes called compatibilism. It simply means that God’s unconditioned sovereignty and the responsibility of human beings are mutually compatible.[1] Commenting on Carson’s practice of improperly defining compatibilism (as he has done here), philosopher Paul Gould says, Notice,…

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The Word “Permit” In Calvinism Is as Micro-determined As Everything Else

By Ronnie W. Rogers / August 2, 2021 / Comments Off on The Word “Permit” In Calvinism Is as Micro-determined As Everything Else

When Calvinists use phrases like “God does not desire man to sin, but He does permit sin,” it is easy to misconstrue their meaning of the word permit and understand it in the libertarian sense.[1] The libertarian understanding, which is the normal way the word is used and understood, would simply mean God created Adam and Eve so that they…

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Does God Love All or Some? Comparing Biblical Extensivism and Calvinism’s Exclusivism

By Ronnie W. Rogers / January 13, 2021 / Comments Off on Does God Love All or Some? Comparing Biblical Extensivism and Calvinism’s Exclusivism

My most recent book Does God Love All or Some? includes thirty-four chapters that address Calvinist arguments such as libertarian freedom undermines God’s sovereignty, rejecting Calvinism requires a weak view of depravity, what about those who never hear the gospel? I show how we know God’s salvific love is Extensive, extends to every person, rather…

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Calvinism Fails to Absolve God from Causing the Fall

By Ronnie W. Rogers / May 18, 2020 / Comments Off on Calvinism Fails to Absolve God from Causing the Fall

Genesis two seems to clearly present Adam with a choice between obedience and blessing (Gen 2:16) and disobedience and judgment (Gen 2:17). Then, when Adam and Eve did eat (Gen 3:6), God rightly judged them, and they died. Consequently, they lost all the blessings God had granted them while living in the garden because he…

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The Exalted View of God in Scripture

By Ronnie W. Rogers / May 4, 2020 / Comments Off on The Exalted View of God in Scripture

The nature and attributes of God are seen not only in His person but in His creation as well. We are reminded, “For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse”…

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Calvinism’s Determinism Is Not Biblically or Practically Viable

By Ronnie W. Rogers / January 13, 2020 / Comments Off on Calvinism’s Determinism Is Not Biblically or Practically Viable

Calvinism rejects libertarian free will and believes in compatible moral freedom, which means everything and everyone is micro-determined. The following are the definitions of the two perspectives.[1] Compatibilism Determinism and moral responsibility are compatible; hence, the name. This compatibility is not achieved by compatibilism being less deterministic than hard determinism. Rather, it is achieved by…

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