The 3rd Rail: Can a Loving God Determine to Save So Few?

By Ken Hamrick This is the last post in this series, and concludes my attempt to provide a compelling articulation for the middle ground on which so many Southern Baptists stand—holding that God is the ultimate Determiner of destinies and that men have free will in the matter (but without going to the lengths of … Continue reading The 3rd Rail: Can a Loving God Determine to Save So Few?

The 3rd Rail: Unconditional Election is Not Restrictive

By Ken Hamrick See all the posts in the series, 'The 3rd Rail' The posts in this series are not in any particular order; but it may be helpful, before reading this one, to read the following posts: "The 3rd Rail: Inability of the Will is Never Literal," and, "The 3rd Rail: The Fallacy of … Continue reading The 3rd Rail: Unconditional Election is Not Restrictive

The 3rd Rail: Exegetical Problems with Corporate Election

By Ken Hamrick See all the posts in the series, 'The 3rd Rail' Dr. Eric Hankins, the leader of the Southern Baptist Traditionalist movement, sees election as strictly corporate: The idea that God, in eternity past, elected certain individuals to salvation is a fundamental tenet of Calvinism and Arminianism. The interpretation of this biblical concept needs … Continue reading The 3rd Rail: Exegetical Problems with Corporate Election

Fuller & Inability: A Centrist Response to Tom Nettles

An Addendum, incorporating the Rejoinder, was added, 11-25-2014. by Ken Hamrick [13,200 words...] The focus of the debate between Calvinists and Traditionalists returns ever more often to Andrew Fuller. His theology is ideally suited to bringing the two closer together---not merely by a spirit of cooperation, but closer in doctrinal view---the usual argument over his … Continue reading Fuller & Inability: A Centrist Response to Tom Nettles

Toward Theological Reconciliation: Atonement

Also posted at SBC Open Forum and at SBC Voices. by Ken Hamrick What you will find below is neither an argument for the Calvinist view nor one for the Traditionalist view of atonement. Both ends of the spectrum have been asking the wrong questions, and the best perspective transcends that old debate. By emphasizing that Christ stood … Continue reading Toward Theological Reconciliation: Atonement

Expanded SBC Calvinism-Arminianism Spectrum Chart

The chart is intended to represent the spectrum, with those doctrines that are least likely to be held by Calvinists at the top, and those least likely to be held by Traditionalists at the bottom, but with incremental steps toward the middle mapped out. As you move toward the middle of the chart, you find more … Continue reading Expanded SBC Calvinism-Arminianism Spectrum Chart

Beyond Traditionalism: Reclaiming Southern Baptist Soteriology

Also Posted at SBC Open Forum. By Ken Hamrick [15,400 words...] In May of 2012, Eric Hankins published A Statement of the Traditional Southern Baptist Understanding of God’s Plan of Salvation[1]. It has created quite an uproar. The statement does not provide any real depth of argument, and my initial impression was that it was … Continue reading Beyond Traditionalism: Reclaiming Southern Baptist Soteriology