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12 Myths About Calvinism

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1. Calvinism is not a system of theology that denies God’s universal love. While there are some Calvinists who do deny God’s universal love for all men, this is certainly not a necessary or a central tenet of Calvinism. Calvinists do, however, believe that God has a particular type of love for the elect (an “electing love”), but most also […]

Honestly, Do Any Lives Matter?

  Months ago in a Democratic primary debate, a national audience heard this urgently profound question put to the candidates, “Do black lives matter or do all lives matter?” It was just one more reminder that our civilization is in peril. A question like that might be expected at a debate between candidates running for […]

Why Arminianism Won’t Preach (And Calvinism Won’t Sell)

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Thesis: Calvinists have  a corner on theologically-themed conferences. Arminians have apologetically-themed conferences. Calvinists Dominate Theology Think about the major conferences out there that are theological in nature: Desiring God, Together for the Gospel, The Gospel Coalition, and Ligonier Ministries. All of them fill churches and arenas with thousands of people. Passion fills the air as speakers […]

What is Philosophy?

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What Is Philosophy? Why Is It Important? Paul Copan I recently led a discussion on these questions with a group of philosophically-curious people—including atheists/skeptics, theists, and those in-between. It was delightful time! In case you’re interested, I’ve written a book on these themes with IVP Academic, A Little Book for New Philosophers (due out October […]

All the Right Beliefs for All the Wrong Reasons

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Sometimes it is frustrating to introduce yourself to theological issues. Most people who get deeply involved in theology quickly realize how much they don’t know. Confident seminary students enter their training thinking that they are going to breeze their way through as they have their prejudices confirmed by their soon to be impressed professors. After […]

Are Just War And “Cruciformity” Truly Opposed To Each Other? Reviewing Some Overlooked Biblical Texts

This past November in Atlanta, I was attending a panel discussion on just war and pacifism in an age of terror at the Evangelical Philosophical Society meeting this past November. After the warriors and pacifists gave their presentations, I raised this set of questions for the pacifists: In Acts 23, the apostle Paul wants his […]

15 Things that Should Not Influence your Vote

  If you’re already tired of it, there will only be more coming. The ads, tweets, memes and speeches of the current political season reveal a list of repeated nonsense reasons why people are supposed to be persuaded to vote this way or that. The present election landscape is not like anything I remember, but […]