Monday, September 03, 2012

Welcome to the Society of Arminian Obsessives

Welcome to the online home of the Society of Evangelical Arminians (SEA). Our society exists to glorify God by edifying his people, protecting them from error, and fostering the proper representation of our magnificent God to the world by lovingly and respectfully promoting and advancing sound, biblical doctrine and theology in the area of soteriology (the doctrine of salvation). That means teaching and defending Arminianism, the system of theology that we believe most accurately reflects the teaching of the Bible, the very word of God. It also means refuting Calvinism, a system of theology that lies within the pale of basic Christian orthodoxy, but that is at odds with Arminianism on many key points and that we believe seriously errs in its understanding of God, salvation, and the Bible. While we generally accept Calvinists as our fellow brothers and sisters in Christ, our passion for the glory, truth, and love of God compels us to stand against what we regard to be their faulty theology. In all of this we desire to conduct ourselves with love and respect for all, including those with whom we disagree.

I understand why SEA opposes Calvinism. That goes with the territory. But why the tunnel vision? Why the myopic obsession with Calvinism to the neglect of other theological traditions? Why not refute Roman Catholicism? Doesn’t that “seriously err” in its theology, viz. purgatory, indulgences, congruent merit, the sacrifice of the mass, the invocation, veneration, and relicts of the saints, the assumption and immaculate conception of Mary, multiple paths of salvation (for Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, &c.)?

Why not refute atheism? Why not refute Islam? Why not refute Mormonism? Why not refute universalism?

Why not refute social engineers who promote abortion, infanticide, sodomy, eugenics, euthanasia, ecoterrorism, &c?

1 comment:

  1. Maybe why not is they leave that to others to do the refuting work!

    Why not?