Was the world’s first Baptist church Arminian or Calvinist?

In recent years, there has been a resurgence of Calvinism within Baptist churches (e.g., John Piper, Albert Mohler, including hipper and younger Baptists like Mark Driscoll).  When I read and hear Baptists describing “true evangelical” doctrine as  Calvinist in doctrine, this makes me scratch my head and wonder. When I was reading up on Baptist… Read More Was the world’s first Baptist church Arminian or Calvinist?

Does God have to know everything?

Does God necessarily have to have an exhaustive foreknowledge or have complete knowledge of the future in order to still be considered omniscient? The late evangelical-Baptist theologian, Clark H. Pinnock (1937-2010) of McMaster Divinity College put forth a middle-way theology between classical Arminian/Freewill Theology and Calvinist/Process Theology.  He called it “Open Theism” theology (also called… Read More Does God have to know everything?

Is rising trend of Calvinism in SBC seminary graduates long-term or just a passing fad?

Why is Calvinism making a comeback?   According to data presented at the opening session of a conference on Reformed theology in the Southern Baptist Convention, a survey found that nearly 30 percent of recent Southern Baptist seminary graduates identify themselves as five-point Calvinists.  This trend is rising.  Most recently, this figure was 34 percent! Full… Read More Is rising trend of Calvinism in SBC seminary graduates long-term or just a passing fad?