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So What Is Molinism?

Book Excerpt By November 24, 2015 Tags: , , 1 Comment

Named after its first proponent, Luis Molina (1535–1600), a sixteenth-century Jesuit priest, Molinism holds to a strong notion of God’s control and an equally firm affirmation of human freedom. In other words Molinism simultaneously holds to a Calvinistic view of a comprehensive divine sovereignty and to a version of free will (called libertarianism) generally associated with Arminianism. As Doug Geivett…



Book Excerpt By April 1, 2010 Tags: , , , , 2 Comments

What are the tenets of ROSES, in contrast to TULIP? Radical depravity: The old term, total depravity, gives the impression that fallen humanity always is as bad as it possibly can be. The new term, radical depravity, more correctly emphasizes that every aspect of our being is affected by the Fall and renders us incapable of saving ourselves. Overcoming grace:…


Molinists and Calvinists: Locked in a Wordy Embrace with the same Gargoyle

Commentary By December 23, 2009 Tags: , No Comments

I have put my hand to the tar baby. Salvation and Sovereignty: A Molinist Approach (Broadman & Holman) came out this month, a book in which I tackle the divine sovereignty–human responsibility conundrum, specifically as it relates to the area of salvation. As the title indicates, the book approaches the issue from a Molinist perspective, which means I advocate a…