509[orthodox-synod] Re: Calvinism (was: Fwd: "Book Review Section," 25 July)
- Aug 9, 1999At 9:32 PM -0400 on 5/8/99, Father Andrew wrote:
>I remember a pretty child (Eurocentrically speaking) who is blond-haired,I may well be wrong, but I don't think that Total Depravity means
>blue-eyed, and Dutch looking. She was in my World History Class at
>Davenport College, Grand Rapids.
>"I believe in total depravity," she said.
>I walked over to her, looked into her little Dutch face and said: "Funny,
>you don't look totally depraved to me."
>I don't think she got it. It's all the rest of us who are totally depraved.
> The Elect are better than we. They do not even owe us the politeness we are
>wont to give to dogs.
that one is "totally depraved", but only that one cannot help but
sin, as a result of original sin.
It was my understanding of this Calvinist doctrine that *all* are
totally depraved (i.e., cannot help but sin), but that the elect, for
whom (and only for whom) Christ died, are saved from damnation by
God's irresistible Grace (i.e., they cannot help but be saved,
because God has chosen them). Those that are not among the elect (the
reprobate) are justly damned for their sins which they could not help
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