Kurt Gödel's Incompleteness Theorem says (i) all closed systems are unprovable within themselves and, that (ii) all open systems are rightly understood as incomplete. - R.E. Slater

The God among us is the God who refuses to be God without us, so great is God's Love. – Tripp Fuller

According to some Christian outlooks we were made for another world. Perhaps, rather, we were made for this world to recreate, reclaim, redeem, and renew unto God's future aspiration by the power of His Spirit. - R.E. Slater

Our eschatological ethos is to love. To stand with those who are oppressed. To stand against those who are oppressing. It is that simple. Love is our only calling and Christian Hope. - R.E. Slater

Secularization theory has been massively falsified. We don't live in an age of secularity. We live in an age of explosive, pervasive religiosity... an age of religious pluralism. - Peter L. Berger

Exploring the edge of life and faith in a post-everything world. - Todd Littleton

I don't need another reason to believe, your love is all around for me to see. – Anon

Thou art our need; and in giving us more of thyself thou givest us all. - Khalil Gibran, Prayer XXIII

Be careful what you pretend to be. You become what you pretend to be. - Kurt Vonnegut

Religious beliefs, far from being primary, are often shaped and adjusted by our social goals. - Jim Forest

People, even more than things, need to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed, and redeemed; never throw out anyone. – Anon

Certainly, God's love has made fools of us all. - R.E. Slater

An apocalyptic Christian faith doesn't wait for Jesus to come, but for Jesus to become in our midst. - R.E. Slater

Christian belief in God begins with the cross and resurrection of Jesus, not with rational apologetics. - Eberhard Jüngel, Jürgen Moltmann

Our knowledge of God is through the 'I-Thou' encounter, not in finding God at the end of a syllogism or argument. There is a grave danger in any Christian treatment of God as an object. The God of Jesus Christ and Scripture is irreducibly subject and never made as an object, a force, a power, or a principle that can be manipulated. - Emil Brunner

“Ehyeh Asher Ehyeh” means "I will be that who I have yet to become." - God (Ex 3.14) or, conversely, “I AM who I AM Becoming.”

Our job is to love others without stopping to inquire whether or not they are worthy. - Thomas Merton

The church is God's world-changing social experiment of bringing unlikes and differents to the Eucharist/Communion table to share life with one another as a new kind of family. When this happens, we show to the world what love, justice, peace, reconciliation, and life together is designed by God to be. The church is God's show-and-tell for the world to see how God wants us to live as a blended, global, polypluralistic family united with one will, by one Lord, and baptized by one Spirit. – Anon

The cross that is planted at the heart of the history of the world cannot be uprooted. - Jacques Ellul

The Unity in whose loving presence the universe unfolds is inside each person as a call to welcome the stranger, protect animals and the earth, respect the dignity of each person, think new thoughts, and help bring about ecological civilizations. - John Cobb & Farhan A. Shah

If you board the wrong train it is of no use running along the corridors of the train in the other direction. - Dietrich Bonhoeffer

God's justice is restorative rather than punitive; His discipline is merciful rather than punishing; His power is made perfect in weakness; and His grace is sufficient for all. – Anon

Our little [biblical] systems have their day; they have their day and cease to be. They are but broken lights of Thee, and Thou, O God art more than they. - Alfred Lord Tennyson

We can’t control God; God is uncontrollable. God can’t control us; God’s love is uncontrolling! - Thomas Jay Oord

Life in perspective but always in process... as we are relational beings in process to one another, so life events are in process in relation to each event... as God is to Self, is to world, is to us... like Father, like sons and daughters, like events... life in process yet always in perspective. - R.E. Slater

To promote societal transition to sustainable ways of living and a global society founded on a shared ethical framework which includes respect and care for the community of life, ecological integrity, universal human rights, respect for diversity, economic justice, democracy, and a culture of peace. - The Earth Charter Mission Statement

Christian humanism is the belief that human freedom, individual conscience, and unencumbered rational inquiry are compatible with the practice of Christianity or even intrinsic in its doctrine. It represents a philosophical union of Christian faith and classical humanist principles. - Scott Postma

It is never wise to have a self-appointed religious institution determine a nation's moral code. The opportunities for moral compromise and failure are high; the moral codes and creeds assuredly racist, discriminatory, or subjectively and religiously defined; and the pronouncement of inhumanitarian political objectives quite predictable. - R.E. Slater

God's love must both center and define the Christian faith and all religious or human faiths seeking human and ecological balance in worlds of subtraction, harm, tragedy, and evil. - R.E. Slater

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Index- Calvinism v. Arminianism

Calvinism v. Arminianism

Calvinism v. Wesleyanism

Index to past articles on Calvinism v. Wesleyanism (Don Thorsen et al)

Arminianism Doctrine

God's Glory is God's Love and Nothing Less

Why High Calvinism is Impossible: The Importance of Language

Calvinism and Relational/Open Theology

Thomas Jay Oord - Pathways to Open and Relational Theologies

What We Mean and Don't Mean When We Talk About God's Sovereignty

Calvinism v. Arminianism

Calvinism (Still) Isn't Beautiful. It Sings for Divine Power not for Divine Weakness, Suffering, and Sacrifice

American Theologian Charles Hodge: How Arminianism and Calvinism Play Out in Conservative Chrisitanity

How is the God of 5-Point Calvinism Not Worthy of Worship?

The Insistence of God in Times of Change (or, 

The Emergence of Puritanism into Neo-Calvinism)

My Journey Out of Inerrancy to a Broader Hermeneutic

RNS - The Troubling Trends in America's 'Calvinist Revival'

A You A Divergent?

Parody: Hitler Finds Out Arminian Theology is True

Excerpt from Austin Fischer’s Book, "Young, Restless, No Longer Reformed"

John Fyre's Review of "The Young, Restless, and No Longer Reformed," Parts 1-2

Why Calvinism's "Divine Determinism" Doesn't Satisfy an Arminian Theologian

The FACTS of Arminian Theology: The Biblical Doctrines of Grace

Is there a middle ground between Calvinism and Arminianism?

Three Aspects of Arminianian Hope: "A Godly Kingdom That Is Becoming"

How Does God Move and Act in the Universe? - "Eight Positions of Divine Sovereignty"

Pushing up DAISY: Arminianism in Brief

Discussion in Arminianism's Grundmotif: God's Goodness and Man's Free Will vs. God's Sovereignty and Middle Knowledge

An Arminian Ordo Salutis (Order of Salvation)

Election is For Everyone - Discussion of Election, Free Will, Predestination, & God's Sovereignty

R. C. Sproul, Arminianism, and Semi-Pelagianism

Another Calvinist Misrepresentation of Arminianism

Can the 5-Point Calvinist Really Say, "Jesus Loves Me This I Know?"

Prevenient Grace and Why It Matters to Arminians and Calvinist Alike

Brian Abasciano’s response to a review of his book on Romans 9-11

Two Responses to the Book, "Against Calvinism" by Dr. Roger Olson

Blinded to the Real Issues

John Calvin and Jacob Arminius

What is Faith? Holding an Arminianism that is Not Wesleyan

Testimonial: "I Used to be a Calvinist"

Roger Olson: Arminianism as a God Centered Theology

IS Arminianism the Root of Christian Liberalism?

What does the Christian term Atonement Mean?

Of Calvin, Barth and Poetry

Evaluating "God Wins" by Mark Galli

Discussions on "Heresy, Universalism, Hell and Free Will"

Reforming the Reformed

God's Self-Limitations (Torrnace, Pinnock)

Arminianism is NOT Semi-Pelagianism

Calvinism and TULIP

DAISYs, TULIPs and Open Theism

Fatal Flaws in Calvinism - Part 1

Fatal Flaws in Calvinism - Part 2

Is Emergent Another Name for Evangelical?

12 Ways to Make Arminianism Cool Again

Frank Schaeffer (son of Francis) Speaks to the Destructiveness of Religious Legalism