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In Reformed theology, what exactly does the doctrine of "limited atonement" actually assert?

For any of the so-called five points of Calvinism, it is usually best and clearest to go to their original expression in the Canons of Dort. In the 17th century, the followers of Arminius promulgated ...
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What is the proper use of insults?

A basic problem in understanding the biblical use of language we consider to be offensive today is that of piezogesis - squeezing scripture into preconceived ideas / doctrines / practices. In this ...
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How best to analyse Moral Therapeutic Deism from the viewpoint of biblically-centered Reformed Protestantism?

I found an article about the origins of Moralistic Therapeutic Deism (MTD), first coined by sociologists Christian Smith and Melina Lundquist Denton in their 2005 book Soul Searching: The Religious ...
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According to Protestant Theology is there any ‘common denial’ that would group all heretical forms of Christianity under one?

There were common denials arising even before the end of the first century, and the Bible goes into those. As those denials have continued to this day, the authority of the Bible is foundational to ...
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According to Lutherans, why is Calvin's understanding of Communion unacceptable?

Let's look at your description of the Calvinist take: In taking Communion, we are spiritually lifted up to heaven where Christ is (bodily) and consume his body in a spiritual manner. In addition to ...
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During the reformation what was the common view on how the Law ‘increased sin‘ rather than reducing it?

I cannot say that there is a 'common view' or consensus at the time of the Reformation. Personally, I would doubt it, since these men were coming out of centuries of darkness and into a period of ...
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What are the views of Reformed Protestants on Christian mysticism?

I am not going to try and analyze all kinds of miscellaneous mysticism under the Reformed view, as the Reformed view will not have specific opinions but only a series of cautions for all types of ...
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What is the “New Perspective on Paul” and is it biblical according to Reformed Protestants?

I am not an expert on NT Wright but I scanned one of his chapters on Justification purely out the interest that your question has aroused. I am Reformed in my view. All quotes are from NT Wright's ...
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How does personal Confession work from a Reformed Perspective?

There is an often-overlooked truth about Protestantism, which is that Luther did not abolish private confession. While those brought up Protestant often do not feel the same need to for private ...
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In Calvinism can a person reject the will of God

Briefly, there are two wills of God, his revealed will and his secret will. His revealed will is all that he commands us to do, such as believe the gospel, repent of sins, live godly lives. His ...
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Arguments for and against images of God

I couldn't find in the Bible the words of Elijah that were paraphrased in that book about him. Someone else may find them and quote them from the Bible. However, the prophet Isaiah wrote many ...
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Romans 11:32 according to Calvinist?

At the very least, Romans chapters 8-11 need to be taken as a whole and, if 1-11 can be taken that way it is even better. Lone verses picked out of 9-11 are difficult to properly exegete. I am ...
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In Reformed theology, what exactly does the doctrine of "limited atonement" actually assert?

Your question is about the statement that "Christ did not die for everyone" in the typical Reformed doctrine of Particular Redemption. Although you list 5 complex points in 5 paragraphs, the ...
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What is the Calvinist perspective on John 5:28–29 in regard to earning salvation?

First, Calvinists are well aware that even in the Old Testament such a resurrection of all the dead is clear teaching. The prophet Daniel was told by the angel that, at the time of the end, some would ...
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Catholicism - Is the TULIP Formula more or less true? (Semantics)

I'm assuming this James Akin, who wrote the linked article, is the same well-known apologist Jimmy Akin from Catholic Answers. Jimmy has a tendency, in my experience, to sometimes over-simplify ...
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According to the Calvinist, why "believe" if something is known absolutely true?

As a Christian who has come to believe that the Holy Scriptures are inerrant, I would like to explain a point that does not seem to have been raised so far. This hit me with real force only recently ...
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When did the doctrine of biblical inerrancy first emerge after the Protestant Reformation as officially defined and accepted?

As often happens in doctrinal statements, these usually arise as a reaction to attacks by heterodox or heretics. So it was with the doctrine of the Trinity or the incarnation of the Son. In the same ...
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What do Calvinists think of Isaiah 65:12?

Calvin himself does not bring in election and predestination to bear on the verse quoted. In his commentary he applies the situation in regard to personal responsibility : Because I called, and ye ...
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What reason might there be for the claim that it would be logical to find a Calvinist who was convinced he was one of the damned (non-elect)?

It is perfectly logical that someone who accepted the truth of election might also accept that they, themselves, were not of that number. I know from my own experience that once convicted of one's own ...
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According to Lutherans, why is Calvin's understanding of Communion unacceptable?

I like to think of Calvin’s view of the Eucharist as a type of “Star Gate” theology. The bread and the fruit of the vine become the portal through which the human spirit is transported into the ...
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How best to analyse Moral Therapeutic Deism from the viewpoint of biblically-centered Reformed Protestantism?

How best to analyse Moral Therapeutic Deism (MTD) from the viewpoint of biblically-centered Reformed Protestantism? Moral Therapeutic Deism is not an official religion and probably no Protestant (or ...
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Is there legitimate (scriptural or customary) justification for the practice of "Tithing" in modernity according to recent Protestantism?

Well, this is a great question and I hope to answer it as best as I can. Obviously I can't speak for all branches of Protestantism or Christianity, but I can speak from what I know. For example, the ...
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What are the views of Reformed Protestants on Pentecostalism and the Charismatic movement?

I want to preface that although I am largely going to speak disparagingly about the Charismatic movement of today, in general, it does not mean that a person who is charismatic is necessarily less ...
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How does covenant theology handle the priestly covenant?

This question prompted me to pull out two books on Covenant theology, as explained by Reformed theologians. One was written in 2013 (The Book of the Covenant, B.N. Howard), the other in 2017 (Sacred ...
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How does the Holy Spirit bear witness to our hearts in a Protestant lens?

Of course the first time a person experiences this inner witness is immediately after experiencing the new birth by putting their faith in the gospel, obtaining justification apart from their own evil ...
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According to Lutherans, why is Calvin's understanding of Communion unacceptable?

To a large extent it comes down to believing in the power of the Word -- in this case, both as Incarnate Word and the words spoken by the Incarnate Word. I forget which theologian it was, but one ...
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What reason might there be for the claim that it would be logical to find a Calvinist who was convinced he was one of the damned (non-elect)?

Note: I began composing this answer before noticing that it was addressed to Calvinists. I decided to post it anyway. Calvinists are not immune to despair. In fact scholars such as S.E. Spott have ...
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How do Lutheran discern Law and Gospel in the Lord's Prayer?

Most Protestants would agree that those who do not forgive are not likely to be forgiven. Christ Himself makes this point in Matthew 18:21-35. I think the problem here is a wrong understanding of law ...
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What Did the "Geneva Reformers" Have Against Exodus 2:22?

What I believe is being referred to is that the Douay Rheims says "And she bore him a son, whom he called Gersam, saying: I have been a stranger in a foreign country. And she bore another, whom ...
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