Tuesday, February 10, 2009
First let's look at the Philosophical side of this doctrine. The question that surrounds this side of the doctrine is " If man is totally depraved, what about free will?" Calvin made it very clear that there was no freedom of the will. The Westminster Confession leaves no room either, because all the action taken by man are decreed or ordained by God. The Calvinist position claims that natural man can only exercise his will in accordance with his depraved nature. Can this really be called freedom. What I mean is, if man can only exercise his will according to his nature which is evil, then he has been determined to act and be evil. Calvinist like to use Matthew 7 as there "proof" for this view of depravity. This would be fine if it were not for the context. In the context of Matthew 7 the Jesus is talking about false teachers.
Philosophically the problems that are implicated with the Calvinist doctrine of depravity is dangerous, and even flat scary. For example, if we are going to say that the natural man only acts according to his nature, then we have to deal with the issue of responsibility. Atheistic biologist Richard Dawkins says that a person will act according to his DNA. Dawkins and the Calvinist seem to be making the same argument. The only difference is that the Calvinist gives a spiritual twist.
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
I want to start this post by looking at the importance of Metaphysics. First, I want to define the word. The word metaphysics, in simple terms means after or beyond physics. As one may suppose the existence of a theistic God is fundamental to Christianity. If God does not exist then there is no Christian theology. One who tries to construct a evangelical theology with out this foundation, is chasing the wind.
For me one of the reasons I find Metaphysics so important is because of morality. If there is no God or higher being then what are we to use as the standard for morality? How we are able to know what is good and evil? I think that we can all agree that in this respect metaphysics affects our daily living.