The Trauma of Doctrine addresses an issue of utmost importance, trauma and the Church, but its offered solutions are spiritually devastating.
W. Brian Shelton offers a reasoned and irenic defense of prevenient grace in this valuable volume, however his argument is ultimately unsuccesful.
[Continued from Part 1, here.] As an example of the significance of limiting concepts, let us first consider the Trinity. God has given us in Scripture adequate attestation that our reasoning is trustworthy and the law of non-contradiction is presupposed in Scripture and human reason. Foundational to the Bible is the claim of Monotheism: Yahweh alone … Continue reading Limiting Concepts and Biblical Logic – Part 2
What do we do when our logic seems to befool us? when we run the numbers, check the math, yet we are left with unresolved contradictions? In philosophy and biblical studies, this comes up a lot: the perennial response to the doctrine of the Trinity is the accusation of bad math—how can God be both … Continue reading Limiting Concepts and Biblical Logic – Part 1
I understand that polemics bring with them many difficulties. As a polemic, Olson's book inherits all the difficulties of the genre. It can be struggle to simultaneously critique a position while proposing an alternative and maintaining a gracious tone throughout. In the opinion of this reviewer, Olson does not succeed on any of these counts. … Continue reading Review of Against Calvinism by Roger E. Olson