Theological Debates

Roger Olson is at it again, insisting that theologians treat the views of others fairly. It’s one of the things I try to get my students to do, but it’s hard. He mentions one way to do so that is helpful. He suggests we can argue that from our perspective there are “good and necessary consequences” of the other view, but that those consequences are denied by the view (regardless of whether they seem consistent to us). Since he handles Calvinist ideas in his post, I’ll mention one I frequently hear from my students in the other direction: “Since Calvinists believe God ordains all things, we don’t have to evangelize, pray, etc.” On both sides, fair treatment is helpful.

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