Is the New Apologetic Pelagian in Approach?

13 03 2013

Dr. James K.A. Smith thinks the new apologetics is at least broadly Arminian, if not downright Pelagian.  Here is an excerpt to whet your appetite:

The new apologetic, in other words, is fundamentally Arminian, perhaps even Pelagian (and yes, I know the difference*).  The drive to eliminate intellectual and “moral” hurdles to belief is a fundamentally Arminian project insofar as it seems to assume that “believability” is a condition for the skeptic or nonbeliever to then be able to “make that step” toward belief.

While this might confirm a lot of prejudices, it should be said that this is an odd strategy if one is an Augustinian or a Calvinist–since in an Augustinian account, any belief is a gift, a grace that is given by God himself.  So if God is going to grant the gift of belief, it seems that God would able to grant and empower a faith that can also believe the scandalous.  In other words, God doesn’t need our help.

You really ought to click here to read the rest.


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20 03 2013
David Levine

Rob,
Great to see that you are actively writing and posting again. It is good to have you back.
Shalom,
David Levine

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