Victor Reppert said...
You are telling me that a God who sovereignly created the world, had the world go precisely according to the plan he set before the foundation of the world, down to the falling of the smallest leaf (and yes, Mike Darus, you can have Calvinism without this, but Bnonn and Steve are theological determinists), that this God can't produce the necessary appreciation any other way. In short, the damnation of millions of souls is a means to an end that God could produce by, figuratively, snapping his finger. Or by showing everyone pictures of fictitious denizens of hell and saying that, of course, he could have done that to the blessed (who, given universalism, would now be everybody). I am inclined, paradoxically, to ask the Calvinist "What part of sovereign don't you understand?"
Well, Victor, if you don’t think reality should impose any constraint on theology, then I suppose you could go either of two routes:
1.Christianity in The Matrix
Heaven, hell, the birth of Christ, baptism of Christ, miracle at Cana, Crucifixion, Resurrection, Parousia, and all that swell stuff represent cosmic computer animation. It’s all one big CGI community–like Renderosity.
2.Christianity in the Dark City
Heaven, hell, the birth of Christ, baptism of Christ, miracle at Cana, Crucifixion, Resurrection, Parousia, and all that swell stuff represent false implanted memories. The big loony bin in the sky–or wherever.