No matter how “free will” is redefined and the efficacy of the decree is qualified, Calvinism is still a theology of determinism as long as it declares that nothing God does can be conditioned by man or can be a reaction to something in the world. (Cottrell, J.W.; The Grace of God, the will of man: a case for Arminianism; pp. 102)
I’ll take this occasion to make one basic point. Arminians often act as though Calvinists “redefine” freedom. In so doing, Arminians also act as though there’s a received definition of freedom which fell from heaven. One which the nefarious Calvinists proceed to “redefine.”
At the risk of stating the obvious, anyone with a cursory knowledge of current literature on action theory would realize that there is no standard definition of freedom. Hence, there’s nothing to redefine.
Rather, different action-theorists define freedom consistent with their differing theories of action. It’s not as though Arminians are custodians for the received definition, which furnishes the frame of reference in relation to which everyone else offers a modified definition.
This is just so much special-pleading on the part of the Arminian apologist and polemicist. An illicit attempt to scoop out a preexisting foothold for his own position. Intellectual cheating.
I’d also note in passing that Thibodaux’s discovery of a “fatal flaw” in Calvinism is based on prooftexting Scripture in a manner which is indistinguishable from open theism.