Category Archives: Election

An Evangelical Calvinist Critique of the Theology that Funds 5 Point Calvinism: A Critique of the Westminster Confession of Faith

Discussion about Calvinism (and Arminianism) really hasn’t waned, even if my blog posts in that regard have. The original motivation for this blog, The Evangelical Calvinist, was to be a place where I offered critique of what I have called … Continue reading

Posted in Critiquing Classic Calvinism, Election, Evangelical Calvinism, Salvation, Soteriology, T. F. Torrance | 12 Comments

The ‘evangelical’ in the Calvinism: No God or Decree Behind the Back of Jesus in Predestination

Thomas F. Torrance, the patron saint of evangelical Calvinists articulates his Reformed view and reformulated articulation of predestination better than anyone else could; so here he is in his own voice from a lecture from him I’d never read before. … Continue reading

Posted in Election, Evangelical Calvinism, Predestination, Salvation, T. F. Torrance, Thomas F. Torrance

Barth’s Doctrine of Double Predestination as an Encouragement

The doctrine of predestination (involving election/reprobation) can be a source of much consternation for many people; especially if people believe that the only alternatives can be found in the poles of classical Calvinism or Arminianism. But of course here at … Continue reading

Posted in Barth, Christology, Election, Karl Barth, Predestination, Reformed Theology, Shao Kai Tseng, Vicarious, Vicarious Humanity | 2 Comments


Election continues to be a point of discussion, and contention, among thinking Christians. In this short post I would like to offer a distinction between a classical understanding of election (held among classical Calvinists), and then an evangelical Calvinist understanding … Continue reading

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Jürgen Moltmann on Karl Barth’s Predestination at Princeton

For Karl Barth the doctrine of election is the sum of the Gospel; he writes (in CD §32): ‘the doctrine of election is the sum of the Gospel because of all the words that can be said or heard it … Continue reading

Posted in Augustine, Election, J. N. D. Kelly, Jürgen Moltmann, Karl Barth, Predestination | 2 Comments

A Brave New World for Predestination and Election: Getting Beyond ‘the dark-patch’ Behind the Back of Jesus

Something that I really think makes what we are offering in Evangelical Calvinism fruitful, among many things, is the unique and yet Reformed, but reworked understanding of the doctrine of election. I think maybe that what we are attempting to highlight for … Continue reading

Posted in Election, Evangelical Calvinism, T. F. Torrance, Thomas F. Torrance | 6 Comments

Thesis Thirteen. There is no legitimate theological concept of double predestination as construed in the tradition of Reformed Scholasticism.

This is thesis thirteen from Myk Habets’ and my 2012 edited book Evangelical Calvinism: Essays Resourcing the Reformation of the Church. Myk and I cowrote chapter fifteen of this volume which is made up of fifteen theological theses that reflect … Continue reading

Posted in Classical Theism, Election, Evangelical Calvinism, Evangelical Calvinism Book, Federal Theology | 42 Comments

From Heaven He Came and Sought Her: John Piper on the Definite Atonement and Feeling Loved

The following is an interview with John Piper, and he is discussing the chapter he wrote (for the book: From Heaven He Came and Sought Her) on the glorious nature of limited atonement (definite atonement) and how it should be understood … Continue reading

Posted in Critiquing Classic Calvinism, Election, John Piper, Predestination

Miscellanies: On the Extent of the Atonement, ‘From Heaven He Came and Sought Her’, The Power of Dogmatic, and Galatians 3:16

I am still reading David Gibson’s and Johnathan Gibson’s just recently released book on ‘Definite Atonement’ (aka Limited Atonement) From Heaven He Came and Sought Her. I am at chapter 8, but skipped ahead and skimmed Jonny Gibson’s first (of two) chapter, which … Continue reading

Posted in Biblical Interpretation, Biblical Studies, Biblical Theology, Christian Dogmatics, Christology, Critiquing Classic Calvinism, Doctrine Of Creation, Doctrine Of God, Doctrine of God, Election, Evangelical Calvinism, Jonathan Gibson, Reflection, Salvation, Soteriology | 17 Comments

Biblical Theology of the word ‘Election’

*This is a repost that I’m almost sure none of you have read; I did this quite some time ago. But I thought I would post this prompted by the new book that just came out from David Gibson and … Continue reading

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