Calvinism/Arminianism Debate

Today I received an email via the contact form of this website from a visitor who asked the following question: Can you tackle the issue of Calvinism vs Arminianism and which has more bible backing?

Below is a modified version of my reply:

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(Visitor),

Thank you for contacting me via the contact form on my website.

I would love to tackle a specific issue that you are interested in, but you have asked a very broad question that could never be addressed in one or two blog posts. I would be happy to consider writing something on one specific aspect of the Calvinism/Arminianism debate. However, if you are interested in reading about the broader topic in general and all its various tenets, then I would recommend you read the following:

Calvinism Calmly Considered, by John Wesley

Objections to Calvinism
, by Randolph Foster

This website here arranges John Wesley’s standard sermons according to theological topic. Since Wesley’s sermons are absolutely loaded with Scripture, you would do well to read as many of those sermons as possible, particularly the ones dealing with topics relevant to the debate you originally mentioned, primarily the following categories:

Assurance
Backsliding
Conversion
Faith
Free Grace
Justification
New Birth
Original Sin
Providence
Sin
Soteriology

For brief outlines of many of these sermons, check out the Sermon Outlines section on my academic portfolio page.

I know this is a lot of reading, but it is a huge topic, one that has occupied the thought life of the church for hundreds of years by countless formal and lay theologians and which has massive ramifications. I would be happy to provide continual guidance as I am able along your journey of discovery and enlightenment.

God bless.

One thought on “Calvinism/Arminianism Debate

  1. I would request that during the readers' studies, the reader also investigate a thorough divine deterministic perspective. Feel free to use this article as a launching pad for such an investigation.

    In Christ,
    Timothy McCabe

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