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Tyree MerrillRobert RiversREL-210RSFebruary 16, 2018Argument Summary 6According to the assigned readings in Thomas L Humphries “Who is Chosen and Many are called, but who is Chosen?” resource workbook 2 and “Who is Chosen?” the author breaks down John Calvin’s interpretations and views on Double Predestination. I personally feel as though Calvin’s view was a bit absurd. My interpretation of his views is that God is solely responsible for both good and evil because he believed God predestined some for heaven and some for hell.Other theologians spoke of predestination only to Heaven, but Calvin’s double predestination theory describes that God predestines a few humans to Heaven and the majorityof humans to hell before any sin of the flesh is ever committed. Calvin manipulated bits and pieces of scriptures such as, “Many are invited, but few are chosen”, to justify his commentaries.Calvin argues God’s selection isn’t based on human merit, either past or future, deeming God directly responsible for both good and evil since creation is entirely dependent on God. Calvin goes on to justify his argument by presenting, “the will of God is the supreme rule of righteousness, so that everything which he wills must be held to be righteous by the mere fact of his willing it.”, in short to describe whatever God wills is fair and just, including the creation ofmany for eternal damnation.
That is why I feel his views are absurd; if God is responsible for both good and evil then who is the Devil?
Works CitedThomas L. Humphries, Jr. “Many Are Called, but Who is Chosen? Resource Workbook 2Thomas L. Humphries, Jr. “Who is Chosen?”MATTHEW 22:14Ibid. 3.23.2, trans. Beveridge, 2.227