Michael Horton seems to have become the recent spokesperson for Reformed Theology, and I am quite happy about that. Horton doesn’t come off as an angry Calvinist and dialogues well with those outside of his own dogmatics. His writing serves as a good jump off point to understand the system of Reformed Theology, humanizing and rationalizing the system very well (for the actual beliefs, Calvin, Warfield and Kuyper make for good reads). And hence, I was glad to see this post by Horton pop up on theResurgence.com today. It is a quick, disarming read and I think this is a subject that needs to be approached. Especially in the polarized American Church, the Calvinism-Arminian debate can be reduced to stereotypes and rhetoric. Horton tackles the false ideas tied to Reformed Theology that |
1. “REFORMED THEOLOGY IS ARROGANT AND PRIDEFUL”
2. “REFORMED THEOLOGY MAKES US ROBOTS IN GOD’S PLAN”
3. “REFORMED THEOLOGY HAS NO GRACE AND LOVE”
4. “REFORMED THEOLOGY KILLS GENUINE, HEART-FELT PIETY”
5. “REFORMED THEOLOGY KILLS COMMUNITY AND MISSION”
and while on the Resurgence, a reformed site, I would love to see posts like this pop up on more mainstream Christian websites that are read by people outside of the Reformed camp. Also, a few posts on Arminianism in the same vein would be helpful to the debate. It may actually make the Calvinism/Arminianism “debate” a “dialogue”.