Re: Reading Genesis theologically NOT historically (was Re: [asa] (introducing... sin) "Evolutionary Creation" book comments)

From: Rich Blinne <>
Date: Tue Oct 06 2009 - 19:56:23 EDT

On Tue, Oct 6, 2009 at 7:38 AM, John Burgeson (ASA member) <> wrote:

> On 10/2/09, Murray Hogg <> wrote:
> >
> "Calvinists (crudely speaking) think of spiritual enlightenment coming
> AFTER the moment of repentance whereas Wesley (again, crudely
> speaking) thought of spiritual enlightenment coming BEFORE the moment
> of repentance."
> Speaking only for myself, if that's what Calvin believed, then (as a
> Presbterian) I do not follow him. But it seems to me to be an
> unimportant point.
> Question: Does (to you) the word "repentance" mean simply "turning
> from" or does it mean "turning from with remorse?" Or something else?
The words after and before can be deceptive here since we usually mean
temporal sequence when using such terms. What is being discussed here is a
logical priority of a simultaneous event which probably -- at least in
Burgy's mind and others too -- underscores the unimportant point point. The
only really important point is if Calvin is right here then we cannot take
credit for our salvation where we were spiritually enlightened without God
even for a "blink of an eye". That's at the core of what is important to
many monergistic Calvinists such as myself: not promoting spiritual pride.

Rich Blinne
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