“A Brief Clarification of Calvinism, Arminianism, & Hyper-Calvinism” (by Tom Ascol)

Surprise of all surprises, the Calvinism debate in the SBC continues to this day.  While there certainly is some good headway being made in this debate (e.g. clarification; semi-unity; further understanding and appreciation; etc.), it is unlikely that this debate will ever fully be settled.  Why?  Well, for at least the reason that the issues are important and there will likely always exist both Calvinists and non-Calvinists within the SBC.  I do believe, however, that greater unity can be achieved.  However, this will mean that certain misunderstandings and misrepresentations will have to be dealt with.  For instance, it is not uncommon to hear a non-Calvinist refer to Calvinists as Hyper-Calvinists, as if there really is no difference between the two (that is Calvinism and Hyper-Calvinism).  However, there is a difference between the two; and to confuse the two is to demonstrate an ignorance of historical theology.  One would think that a difference between the two perspectives would be readily understood, as the term “hyper” refers to something that goes beyond the norm; an over-exageration or extension of something.  Yet, sadly, it seems that many people no longer give much thought to the meaning of words.

So, do you want to know what the difference between Calvinism and Hyper-Calvinism is?  Then venture on over to Tom Ascol’s article that brings needed clarity to this unnecessary confusion.


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