Tag Archive: Calvinism

Did you know that sausages once changed history? It’s true – let me tell you the story:

The time: March 1522 A.D. The place: Zurich, Switzerland.

It is the time of the Lenten fast. All Catholic peoples are forbidden from eating meat (other than fish) during this somber time of fasting and abstinence. However, a few radical minded men plan to change that. They plan to eat some smoked sausages.

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Another old Facebook post…

Note: I am adding this update on 8/13/2011. Since I have written the below, my understanding of Biblical hermeneutics has grown. I have come to realize more fully that just the number of verses supporting a theological doctrine does not necessarily support that doctrine. While comparing number of verses with another can shed some light on interpretation, it is the plain text of the verse that holds more weight. Simply what the verse says is more important than how many verses there are. I already knew that when I wrote this essay/list, but my realization of that doctrine has increased. But I firmly believe that reading the plain text of the verse in context to the overall passage and comparing it with the rest of the Bible, will even more strongly support the conclusion I personally reached at the end of the following list. Here ends this update.

One of the most persistent and often divisive issues within Christianity is the debate between the doctrine of unconditional election (often called  the doctrine of predestination) and the doctrine of conditional election (often represented as the doctrine of free will). There are other, multiple points to these beliefs, but I will stick to only the free will and election aspects. The two positions are these:

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