A Refutation To The Charge That The Calvinistic View Of Predestination Is Pagan.

  1. ReformedChristian
    The idea brought forth by those who claim that we who hold to God's sovereignty in all things are similar to the Greek pagans is without warranted. As Ronald Nash states in his book The Gospel and the Greeks, these so called gods were limited by their own weakness both physical and moral. Not to mention many of these gods fell into vices in which humans fall prey. See The Gospel And The Greeks, Ronald Nash pg 122.

    In contrast the God of Scripture is not limited by his creation but rather is distinct from it and works with in it through the means (Isaiah 46:10-11). Not to mention in Greek thought humans were in some cases even more noble then the so called gods which puts such ideas against the Scriptures which state there is no other God but him (Exodus 20:3; 34:14; Isaiah 44:6. 8, 45:5-6, 21; Hosea 13:4). In addition to put man on equal footing with God is a form of Idolatry (Exodus 20:4; Romans 1:23; Deuteronomy 4:16-17).

    Therefore the charge made that the Doctrines of Predestination and Election and our view of God's Sovereignty based on the testimony of Scripture is equivalent to pagan philosophical views of man and God is without merit both on historical, philosophical and Scriptural grounds.

    References:

    Nash, Ronald H. The Gospel and the Greeks: Did the New Testament Borrow from Pagan Thought? Phillipsburg, NJ: P & R Pub., 2003.

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  1. RWD
    It’s not an uncommon caricature. The pagan association arises from confusing predestination with pagan fatalism (or hard determinism).
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  2. Brad
    WOW! Now I've heard it all.. well.. not really. I've heard "John Calvin didn't die on the cross"... my response, "That is correct he didn't... and we don't teach that. I think there is a conference coming up called "Calvinism Doctrine of Demons" keynote speaker Steven Anderson of course... Arminians again ignore Scripture. I've also heard Calvinism is unbiblical.... even though there are TONS of Scripture to defend it, and not one defending Arminianism. And of course "Calvin was a heretic and a bloodthirsty murderer and probably set a box of kittens on fire (the last one I made up) I also heard that Calvinism has Roman Catholic roots (even though they believe in human freewill.. but I will say I've never heard that!
  3. jckdymond55
    who makes that claim as I have never heard it "Calvinism is heretical" ive heard from almost all arminians but that our view of predestination is pagan is a new one to me
    1. ReformedChristian
      I have heard it from some Pelagians and Freewillers who compare it to Gnosticism and even Islam. I think Dave Hunt made those claims in his book What Love is This? Louis Berkolf also addressed these charges in his book on Systematic Theology.