1.The primary problem with Hays' analysis is that it’s crucially disanalogous. For Arminians make no attempt to say we are not totally reliant on God. To the contrary, Arminianism accentuates the need of God for human agents.
Except for the awkward little fact that Birch belittled the idea that we are totally dependent on God. That was in his own words.
Hays' analysis would only work for non-Christians like Hitchens.
It works for Birth.
2.Moreover, it’s a very telling reflection on Hays' word twisting ambiguity that he would say that Arminian piety mocks the idea that human beings are totally dependent on God. "It’s crucially disanalogous."
Once again, I was responding to Birch on his own terms–verbatim.
3.Furthermore, to say that Arminians demand their “free will idol over God's sovereignty” is imputing a Calvinistic characterization of Arminianism to Arminians. That’s hardly an accurate characterization of how Arminians view Arminianism. As such, that’s hardly an accurate sentiment to attribute to Arminians.
Since I didn’t say, in response to Birth, that Arminians demand their “freewill idol over God’s sovereignty,” Brennon is falsely imputing to me an ascription that I never made.
4.Finally, Calvinists are not content to be imago dei bearing volitional agents. Rather, they have a stipulative definition of what human nature ought to be like. Indeed, Hays tips his hand with the business about “shemales” and "responsibility" in a car wreck experiment.
i) He’d need to exegete the concept of “volitional agent” from the Biblical usage of the imago dei.
ii) Calvinists don’t deny that human beings are volitional agents.
iii) I didn’t say anything about a “car wreck experiment” in my response to Birch.
In fact, the biggest problem we see in Calvinism is their redefinition of “Sovereignty."
Nice instance of begging the question.
“It's fun to play ad lib with Steve Hays.”
Except that Brennon made false representations of what I said. Is that his idea of fun? Yet another example of Arminian ethics in action.
Unfortunately, this is all-to-typical of the lynch-mob mentality that Arminian epologists exhibit. They only love their own kind.