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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 […]

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 […]

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: […]

Southern Baptists Need Their Sovereign Grace Heritage (by Dr. James Willingham)

November 5, 2013 by

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“Predestination is an invitation to begin one’s spiritual pilgrimage,….” In 1972 that statement by Dr. John D. Eusden in his Introduction to his translation of William Ames’ The Marrow of Divinity focused my attention like a salmon fixes the eye of a soaring eagle.

A Compatibilistic View of Regeneration (Intro)

November 4, 2013 by

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Regeneration is perhaps the most difficult topic to be debated between the opposing views, due to the intertwining of such topics as spiritual death and life, depravity, rebirth, faith, the role of the Holy Spirit, etc. Call me an optimist, but I still see the potential for fruitful discussion.

The Missing Balance in Calvinism

October 19, 2013 by

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by Ken Hamrick Any time that some truth which is held in balance in God’s word is given an emphasis on only one side, then misunderstanding and error result. It is true, as the Calvinists emphasize, that election in eternity past is unconditional. But the neglected Biblical balance is this: salvation in this temporal world is conditional, and God […]

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 […]

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 […]

Toward Southern Baptist Unity, Part 5: Unifying Propositions on the Inability of Sinners

May 18, 2013 by

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See all the posts in the series, Toward Southern Baptist Unity» At every point of doctrinal disagreement between Calvinists and Libertarians (both Traditionalists and Arminians), there are Biblical propositions that can pull the two sides closer together without leaving the moorings of their particular theology.

Making Sense of the Inability of Sinners

February 22, 2013 by

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In the natural use of the term, ability, as viewed with disregard to will, it’s meaning is simple and clear—one is either able or unable. But in the moral use of the term, as mingled with the idea of will, the utmost care must be used in understanding the meaning.