Why I’m a Calminian

I was always Arminian, but lately I have developed a taste for what I might call corporate Calvinism, in that the Body of Christ is predestinated, but their is still human free will. As I explore where I stand on this issue, I find different posts, such as Craig Blomberg, who has posted something today that interests me…middle knowledge…

….middle knowledge affirms, with classic Arminianism, that God’s predestining activity is based on his foreknowledge of what all humans would do in all possible situations that they could find themselves in. But it also observes that God’s omniscience is so great that it is not limited just to what all actually created being would do but to what all possibly created beings would do in all possible situations. Because God creates only a finite number of persons between the beginning of the universe and Christ’s return, his sovereign choice is preserved, because he must choose to create some beings and not others. Thus, with classic Calvinism, his sovereign, elective freedom is preserved….

Something that I am firm on is that humanity has free will to choose God’s call, but they can only choose in response, not as one who initiates the call.

You Might Also Like

14 Replies to “Why I’m a Calminian”

  1. I am just a child of God.. no denomination, whom believes that he is the power of the Universe,the whole earth,and will be forever and has all the say and what he says goes.with help from his son,Jesus and the Holy Spirit… all three

  2. So God doesn’t definitely know the future choices of a free agent, He simply (?) knows ALL the possibilities?  Sort of like a grand master chess player who has an end in view but is more than willing to take any number of routes to get there?  This view is inconsistent with either Calvinism or Arminianism both of which insist God has DEFINITE knowledge of all future choices, not simply knowledge of possibilities.  No denial of God’s omniscience or sovereignty…a different – I believe more scriptural – understanding.  This is precisely the foundation of Open Theology.
    I like it!

Leave a Reply, Please!

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.