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Beyond Traditionalism: Reclaiming Southern Baptist Soteriology

July 6, 2017 by

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Reposted from the archives… By Ken Hamrick [15,400 words…] In May of 2012, Eric Hankins published A Statement of the Traditional Southern Baptist Understanding of God’s Plan of Salvation[1]. It has created quite an uproar. The statement does not provide any real depth of argument, and my initial impression was that it was strongly leaning […]

Edwards, Necessity & Certainty: Part 1

March 7, 2017 by

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by Ken Hamrick This will be a series of informal posts chronicling my quest to understand and engage Jonathan Edwards on the ideas of necessity and certainty, and to establish where Andrew Fuller departed from Edwards’ view. In this, I’m seeking to expand the argument made in the paper, “Fuller & Inability: A Centrist Response […]

It’s Not Calvinism But Rationalism That Divides Us

May 23, 2016 by

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by Ken Hamrick Having debated Calvinism for many years, I’m beginning to see the wisdom of leaving to mystery that which can never really be figured out—a view espoused by many others before me. Such a position is disdained by both sides as something of a weak and anti-intellectual compromise. But arriving at this Antinomist position […]

Unwillingness & Inability: A Summary of Andrew Fuller’s Solution

December 29, 2014 by

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by Ken Hamrick The theology of Andrew Fuller, as set out in his greatest work, The Gospel Worthy of All Acceptation, is centrally located between those Calvinists who see sinners as walking corpses—no more able to believe than a dead body is able to raise itself from the dead—and those of the other side who […]

The Traditional Statement | SBC Today

November 13, 2014 by

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Click HERE to sign! Preamble Every generation of Southern Baptists has the duty to articulate the truths of its faith with particular attention to the issues that are impacting contemporary mission and ministry. The precipitating issue for this statement is the rise of a movement called “New Calvinism” among Southern Baptists. This movement is committed […]

Fuller & Inability: A Rejoinder to Tom Nettles

October 21, 2014 by

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Other Posts in This Series:      Part 1;       Part 2;       Part 3;       Whole Paper. Recently, I published a Centrist response[1] to Dr. Tom Nettles’ series of articles on Andrew Fuller.[2] He has replied to that critique, but only in brief comments (one initial[3] and one final[4]). I had hoped he […]

PART 2: AGAINST FULLER AND MORAL INABILITY, Why Many Can Not Believe

August 23, 2014 by

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THIS IS PART 2 OF 3. WHY MANY TODAY CAN NOT BELIEVE. Part 1 [https://sbcopenforum.com/2014/08/23/against-fuller-and-the-idea-of-moral-inability-why-israel-missed-the-messiah-and-why-many-cant-believe/] was about how the Jewish people missed the Messiah. Now of course they all did not miss the Messiah, and not all people today will reject the Gospel. But the reason most  of the Jews missed out on the Messiah […]

Fuller & Inability: A Centrist Response to Tom Nettles (Whole Paper)

August 7, 2014 by

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An Addendum, incorporating the Rejoinder, was added, 11-25-2014. by Ken Hamrick [13,200 words…] The focus of the debate between Calvinists and Traditionalists returns ever more often to Andrew Fuller. His theology is ideally suited to bringing the two closer together—not merely by a spirit of cooperation, but closer in doctrinal view—the usual argument over his meaning […]

Fuller & Inability: A Centrist Response to Tom Nettles, Part 3 of 3

August 6, 2014 by

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  Other Posts in This Series:      Part 1;       Part 2;       Whole Paper. by Ken Hamrick In his second installment, “Fullerite: Doctrine of Inability,” Dr. Nettles’ fundamental misunderstanding of Fuller is seen in how he has taken some of Andrew Fuller’s sentences out of context, and turned them around […]

Fuller & Inability: A Centrist Response to Tom Nettles, Part 2

August 4, 2014 by

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   Other Posts in This Series:      Part 1;       Part 3;       Whole Paper. by Ken Hamrick It will be helpful, prior to addressing further differences with Dr. Nettles, to establish what Andrew Fuller means by his distinction between natural and moral inability. Speaking of himself in the third person, […]

Fuller & Inability: A Centrist Response to Tom Nettles, Part 1

August 4, 2014 by

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   Other Posts in This Series:      Part 2;       Part 3;       Whole Paper. by Ken Hamrick The focus of the debate between Calvinists and Traditionalists returns ever more often to Andrew Fuller. His theology is ideally suited to bringing the two closer together—not merely by a spirit of cooperation, […]

Interesting Series on Andrew Fuller by Tom Nettles

May 6, 2014 by

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There is an interesting series of articles posted at the Founders blog, on the teaching of Andrew Fuller, written by Dr. Tom Nettles. It includes the following articles:   Fuller the Non-Calvinist? Fullerite: Doctrine of Inability Fuller and Irresistible Grace: The Necessity of Regeneration as Prior to Repentance and Faith A Reply to Ken Hamrick: […]

What Do Southern Baptists Believe about Divine Sovereignty and Human Responsibility in Salvation?

May 3, 2014 by

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by Charles L. Quarles Former Vice President for the Integration of Faith and Learning Former Dean of the Caskey School of Divinity Former Carter Research Professor of New Testament and Greek Louisiana Baptist College Over the last several years, discussions about divine sovereignty and human responsibility in salvation have intensified in our Southern Baptist context. […]

Beyond Traditionalism: Reclaiming Southern Baptist Soteriology

March 13, 2014 by

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Originally posted on SBC Open Forum:
[15,400 words…] In May of 2012, Eric Hankins published A Statement of the Traditional Southern Baptist Understanding of God’s Plan of Salvation[1]. It has created quite an uproar. The statement does not provide any real depth of argument, and my initial impression was that it was strongly leaning toward Arminianism,…

Toward Theological Reconciliation: Atonement

February 8, 2014 by

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by Ken Hamrick What you will find below is neither an argument for the Calvinist view nor one for the Traditionalist view of atonement. Both ends of the spectrum have been asking the wrong questions, and the best perspective transcends that old debate. By emphasizing that Christ stood in our place, the debate has perpetually turned on the […]

Compatibilism: A More Immanent Grace

October 3, 2013 by

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by Ken Hamrick Immanence is mostly forgotten as an attribute of God and a method by which He works in the world. Calvinists and Traditionalists argue over the limits of God’s transcendent acts of grace and the limits of men without such transcendent grace. Both sides, it seems, have a presupposed agreement to frame the […]

Who is Guilty of Adam’s Sin? A Centrist Response to Adam Harwood

July 9, 2013 by

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by Ken Hamrick Adam Harwood spoke at the 2013 John 3:16 Conference, and the paper he presented there is available on the conference e-book at SBC Today. Like Dr. Harwood, I deny that anyone is born condemned for Adam’s sin; but unlike Dr. Harwood, I find in Scripture such a real union of mankind in […]

Toward Southern Baptist Unity, Part 8 (Final): Unifying Propositions on Determinism

May 28, 2013 by

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See all the posts in the series, Toward Southern Baptist Unity» The area in which Calvinists and Libertarians are farthest apart is that of determinism. Yet, as we have seen in other such areas, the root of this disagreement can be found in a single faulty premise upon which both sides agree. In this case, it […]

Toward Southern Baptist Unity, Part 7: Unifying Propositions on Atonement

May 22, 2013 by

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See all the posts in the series, Toward Southern Baptist Unity» There is much room for agreement on atonement… and misunderstandings to avoid on all sides. Libertarians (both Traditionalists and Arminians) can find unexpected common ground even with a Reformed theologian, such as Charles Hodge

Toward Southern Baptist Unity, Part 6: Unifying Propositions on Regeneration

May 22, 2013 by

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See all the posts in the series, Toward Southern Baptist Unity» There are two profound changes that happen to a man as he is converted: first, the man is changed from a man who hates God to a man who is ready to repent and turn to God (this is what the Calvinists focus on—how profound […]