“The problem of life [for many] is that Man, with his limited wisdom, cannot discern any overall purpose running consistently through life’s experiences . . . he is overwhelmed with the meaninglessness of human existence as he sees it.” He further believes that “the tragedy of life is heightened by the intense realization that the problem of existence must be answered within the brief span between birth and death . . . [and] “the problem of death . . . hangs like a dark shadow . . .” Bernhard W. Anderson
In the preface to my book I write:
The following essay, by Gabe Czobel, is taken from the website "The Secular Web."
In his Meditations, the philosopher René Descartes famously pondered the question of the possibility of God's deceit. If God was deceitful, we as his creations could never trust anything we contemplate or perceive; it may simply be a deceitful, omnipotent God directly warping our faculties or, as our creator, deliberately constructing us with faulty, unreliable faculties to start with.
A few months back I notified a gentleman named Terry Schwartz, whose review of my book appears on the Home Page of this blog, of the fact that I had started a blog to promote my book.
It is a major premise of my book The Calvinist Universalist that there are only two viable theological options for any reasonable student of the Scriptures--Calvinism and Universalism. To this effect, I often quote Thomas Thayer, who wrote:
It’s no secret that Evangelical Christians are not fans of the self-esteem movement. And I’d be willing to bet it’s even less popular among Calvinists than among Christians in general.
Whence evil? It is a question that has occupied the minds of theologians for centuries. As for the answer, it depends on who you ask.
In “Answering The Charges Part 1” I respond to Fisk's attempt to link Universalism and Atheism. I would now like to suggest that his own system—Arminianism—and the one employed by the remainder of Christianity—Calvinism—are in fact the ones that deserve to be lumped together with Agnosticism; indeed I would go as far as to suggest that of the three systems, Universalism is the only one that actually opposes Agnosticism.
In the first four parts of this series, I defended Universalism against some of the charges made by Fisk Harris in his book Calvinism: Contrary to God’s Word and Man’s Moral Nature. Hopefully, I have proven that all of his charges against Universalism are groundless. Having done that, I will now proceed to explore his alternative--Arminianism.
Fisk ascribes the following view of God’s sovereignty to both Universalists and Calvinists, and suggests that it means they both regard God as the author of sin:
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God's Promises are not at a discount, but rather at a premium. His "paper" is worth more than the face value, not less. Any explanation of a scripture that belittles it, that seems to fall far short of the language used, may be looked upon at once with suspicion, for the reality of God's truth is not below, but far above the power of human expression.