Salvation and Sovereignty: A Molinist Approach  -     By: Kenneth Keathley
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Salvation and Sovereignty: A Molinist Approach

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In Salvation and Sovereignty, Kenneth Keathley opens new discussion on Calvinism's five points by introducing the theology of an early Reformation idea known as Molinism. Keathley argues that only three of Calvinism's five TULIP points can be truly be rationalized when using Scripture and attempts instead to build upon a new acronym known as ROSES:
    Radical depravity, Overcoming grace, Sovereign election, Eternal life, Singular redemption
Through a proper understanding of Molinism, readers who have found unbiblical Calvinism's points of "Limited Atonement" and "Irresistible Grace", will find reassurance in the assertion that God's sovereignty is still sound with an equal emphasis on human freedom.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 256
Vendor: B&H Academic
Publication Date: 2010
Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 X 0.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0805431985
ISBN-13: 9780805431988
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In Salvation and Sovereignty, Kenneth Keathley asks, “What shall a Christian do who is convinced of certain central tenets of Calvinism but not its corollaries?” He then writes, “I see salvation as a sovereign work of grace but suspect that the usual Calvinist understanding of sovereignty (that God is the cause of all things) is not sustained by the biblical witness as a whole.”

Aiming to resolve this matter, the author argues that just three of Calvinism’s five TULIP points can be defended scripturally and instead builds on the ROSES acronym first presented by Timothy George (Radical depravity, Overcoming grace, Sovereign election, Eternal life, Singular redemption). In relation, Keathley looks at salvation and sovereignty through the lens of Molinism, a doctrine named after Luis Molina (1535-1600) that is based on a strong notion of God’s control and an equally firm affirmation of human freedom.

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Kenneth Keathley is professor of Theology and dean of Graduate Studies at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, North Carolina, where he earned his M.Div. and Ph.D.

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    If you are frustrated with the scriptural twisting of Arminianism and Calvinism, you should find this book to be of interest. It's definitely not easy to try and change two very long standing viewpoints of Protestant theology. However, Keathley does a very fine job at presenting his sound scriptural case.
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    Jason Skipper
    Keathley found himself struggling with Calvinist reasoning regarding TULIP. What would he do, be inconsistent or find a way to be both consistent and Biblical? Keathley chose the latter, and built upon the ROSES acronym. Keathley placed this in a molinist perspective. Molinism teaches that God exercises His sovereignty primarily through His omniscience, and that He infallibly knows what free creatures would do in any given situation. (pg 5) Because God knows all things He knows all possibilities as well as which possibilities are feasible. In other words, God not only knows what could happen, He knows what will happen in any given circumstance, and He chooses to create the world in which all circumstances and choices bring the most glory to His name. In the world that God chose He both knows all things and man is free to make his own choices. Thus God is sovereign and man is free.Keathley uses the Molinist perspective to set forth the following: God is both good and great, so He wants to save all and does save all who believe; human freedom is derived and genuinely ours, so it is not absolute, unlimited, or autonomous; God's grace is both monergistic and resistible, so salvation is totally of grace, but grace can be scorn and refused; God's election is both unconditional and according to foreknowledge, because God's sovereign choice is informed by foreknowledge but not determined by it. (pg 11);the saved are both preserved and will persevere; and Christ's atonement is both unlimited in its provision and limited in its application, so we can indeed say that Christ died for each individual, but only believers enjoy the benefits of Jesus' sacrifice. While it may take a while for it all to soak in , this perspective is a very reasonable one.
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