Calvinism and the Origin of Sin

Dr. James Anderson was our guest as we discussed his upcoming GPTS Spring Theology Conference lecture scheduled for March 12 at 9 AM ET.

Dr. James Anderson is an ordained minister in the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church. Dr. Anderson came to RTS from Edinburgh, Scotland, and specializes in philosophical theology, religious epistemology, and Christian apologetics. His doctoral thesis at the University of Edinburgh explored the paradoxical nature of certain Christian doctrines and the implications for the rationality of Christian faith. His research and writing has also focused on the presuppositionalism of Cornelius Van Til, particularly his advocacy of the transcendental argument. Dr. Anderson has a longstanding concern to bring the Reformed theological tradition into greater dialogue with contemporary analytic philosophy. Before studying philosophy, Dr. Anderson also earned a Ph.D. in Computer Simulation from the University of Edinburgh. He is a member of the Society of Christian Philosophers, the British Society for the Philosophy of Religion, and the Evangelical Philosophical Society. Prior to joining RTS Charlotte, Dr. Anderson served as an assistant pastor at the historic Charlotte Chapel in Edinburgh where he engaged in regular preaching, teaching, and pastoral ministry. He is active now in service at Ballantyne Presbyterian Church in Charlotte. He is married to Catriona and they have three children. (Source: RTS-Charlotte)


Website of Dr. Anderson (Analogical Thoughts)
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  • I thought you guys would go after the topic fearlessly. Good discussion, but from a Exegetical and Calvinistic perspective, the topic was handled weakly.

  • Excellent program… I am amazed how many self proclaimed “Calvinist” refuse to give God glory for all things even what we call evil …that all things are for HIS glory..yes even sin.

    Why are we so afraid of giving God a “bad name”????

    • I imagine it’s because God portrays Himself as the personification of goodness, love, and justice – and to portray Him as the author of sin is the very opposite portrayal. We should reason like Abraham: “Won’t the Judge of all the earth do what is just?” (Gen. 18:25)

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