The purpose of my response in the first place had to do with John
Putz saying that the man was a calvinist. Then after I questioned the
Calvinism of (Plantinga) because I had heard otherwise it is as if I
am saying something wrong. He(Plantinga) is the one who holds to the
Heresy of Middle Knowledge. How can you call Plantinga a somewhat
compromizing Calvinist? Also I never said that no one should read
from his writings or that he never had anything good to say. But when
someone calls Plantinga a Calvinist and Plantinga is not I am going
to respond. You said that you felt uncomfortable about some of the
comments made on this topic I dont know why one would feel
uncomfortable about the comments about Plantinga unless someone was
falsely accusing him of something else.
I got this from monergism.org about middle knowledge
Another theological construct based on speculative philosophy (rather
than the Scriptures) which postulates God to be bound by temporality.
It was an attempt to resolve the tension between divine foreknowledge
and free will had to be resolved in some way that did not appeal to
divine timelessness. (not considering that God may have a temporality
of His own)
Five Points of the Remonstrance of 1610 (Arminian) are virtually
identical (prima facie) with Catholic Molinism. Molinism attempts to
combat the Scriptural and Reformation belief that sinners have lost
freedom of will to believe the gospel apart from divine monergism. It
maintains and strenuously defends the Tridentine dogma which teaches:
that freedom of will has not been destroyed by original sin, and that
this freedom remains unimpaired under the influence of Divine grace
(Cf. Sess. VI, can iv-v in Denzinger, "Enchiridion", ed. Bannwart,
Freiburg, 1908, nn. 814-15).
Luis de Molina ( 1600), a Jesuit theologian. He wrote a book called
The Harmony of Free Will with the Gifts of Divine Grace, in which he
advocated a theory of the relation between grace and free will. He
maintained that efficacious grace does not move the free will to
cooperate with it but that the free will makes grace efficacious by
cooperating with .The Molinists emphasised an universal divine
salvific Will and often maintained that God elects to salvation those
whom He foreknows will cooperate with his grace. Thus God's
foreknowledge, the scientia media, was held to act as a sort
of "middle" mechanism between the human free will on the one hand,
and the efficacy of grace and of divine election on the other.
Modern Proponents Include: Luis de Molina, Alvin Plantinga, William
Lane Craig, Thomas P. Flint
--------here is an article on Middle Knowledge---- Turretin also
dicusses it in his Institutes.
The Heresy of Middle Knowledge by C. Matthew McMahon
> Some of thw comments made on this list have me feeling
uncomfortable. My question is as follows: how do fellow covenanters
view ecumenicism? Is there a godly way in which to appreciate and
even promote the efforts of other Christians?
> I ask because I think that while we may give the right answer to
the above question, in my experience (which is limited - correct me
if I'm wrong,) we as Covenanters are quicker to point out
the 'heresy' than to praise the good. I'm open to correction of the
fact of this matter, but as far as I can tell, it's more true than
not. (That said, thanks Edgar for your supportive, balanced words
re: Plantinga). I suppose it may be the fact that we promote unity
and truth therein staunchly - this is good; it seems it may come with
the price of coming down on other Christins to a fault.
> What think ye?
> PS - didn't that heretic Erasmus give us the venerable Textus
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