Can a confessional Calvinist affirm a libertarian view of free will? Dr. James N. Anderson answers

James Anderson
James Anderson

After examining his own confession (Westminster) Dr. James N. Anderson examines the 1689 to see if it would allow for a libertarian view of free will:

This is a follow-up to the previous post in which I argued that “libertarian Calvinism” (a view recently explored by Oliver Crisp in his book Deviant Calvinism) is not compatible with the Westminster Confession of Faith.Not all Presbyterians hold to the WCF, although it is arguably the most widely-adopted Reformed confession among Presbyterians in the English-speaking world. Moreover, Reformed Baptists have their own parallel confession: deviant_calvinismthe 1689 London Baptist Confession of Faith. Since the WCF and the LBCF are very similar (often word-for-word identical) in their statements on major points of Reformed doctrine (see here for a side-by-side comparison) I thought it would be interesting to quote the relevant sections from the LBCF to show that libertarian Calvinism isn’t a live option for Reformed Baptists who take the LBCF as their doctrinal standard.

Read “Libertarian Reformed Baptists?”.

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