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Olson and The Calvinistic God

September 4, 2007

Roger Olson has recently responded to John Piper’s own response to the catastrophe in Minneapolis, MN.  Olson’s words are certainly not surprising to anyone who is familiar with him.  But, just in case you have not read it, Rick Phillips has a wonderful and thoughtful remark to Olson’s words over Ref21:

First, Olson wrote, “The God of Calvinism scares me.”  Well, that’s the point, isn’t it.  The God of Calvinism is the true God, who man does well to fear.  He is not, as CS Lewis put it, “a tame lion.”  What does it say about the state of post-conservative theology that one of its leaders has the gumption to publicly complain about a kind of God who is frightening?

Second, Olson continued, “I’m not sure how to distinguish him from the devil.”  It is hard to imagine more damning words than these.  When the Pharisees followed this particular logic in their repugnance over Jesus, our Lord spoke of it as the sin that cannot be forgiven.

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