Thursday, 23 April 2015

ἀναστόμωσις: TULIP

ἀναστόμωσις: TULIP:

Unconditional Election: "... God does not base his choice (election) of certain individuals on anything other than his own good will."
Catholicism: "What would a Catholic say about this? He certainly is free to disagree with the Calvinist interpretation, but he also is free to agree. All Thomists and even some Molinists (such as Robert Bellarmine and Francisco Suarez) taught unconditional election ... Although a Catholic may agree with unconditional election, he may not affirm "double-predestination," a doctrine Calvinists often infer from it. This teaching claims that in addition to electing some people to salvation God also sends others to damnation."
Article XVII: "Predestination to Life is the everlasting purpose of God, whereby (before the foundations of the world were laid) he hath constantly decreed by his counsel secret to us, to deliver from curse and damnation those whom he hath chosen in Christ out of mankind, and to bring them by Christ to everlasting salvation, as vessels made to honour."

Catholicism is not so far apart from Calvinism as Calvinists tend to think. I have actually become less hostile to Calvinism than I was when I was a Protestant.


  1. The thought of the Sovereignty of God has been ruminating in my mind for a few days and this really meant a lot! Thank you!

    1. One should be careful of not letting the Calvinists dictate what is meant by the sovereignty of God.

      Catholics may follow Augustine's view of unconditional election and predestination, provided they do not deny free-will or the universal scope of Christ's redeeming work. Or they can just reject that view, like William of Ockham or Molina.