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Why this Calvinist doesn't make much of divine "Sovereignty"

In the literature, the classic phrase that is used to describe the cause championed by Calvinists is 'the sovereignty of God'. Yet in my writings, I seldom use the word, and instead usually speak of 'providence' or 'divine control'. One may ask why I avoid the phrase, and in response, I will say that there is nothing wrong with the sovereignty of God, God is sovereign. But here are three reasons why I don't have much use for the word 'sovereignty' in my writings on the topic.

1-Providence is sovereignty exercised

First, the word sovereignty may be too modest in its claims, and it may not impress Arminians much. To say that God is sovereign could modestly mean only that He has ultimate power and authority over human affairs. But His having such sovereignty over humans tells us little about how much God in fact exercises sovereignty. All stripes of Arminians are perfectly comfortable affirming that God is 'sovereign', but they deny that God use…

Inerrancy, Is It a Matter of Luck?

Here is the full text of the paper I presented at the 2013 annual meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society in Baltimore, on the topic of biblical inerrancy.

Inerrancy, Is It a Matter of Luck? An Assessment of Inspiration, Providence and Divine Luck on Calvinism, Open Theism, Classical Arminianism, and Molinism.
Guillaume Bignon

ABSTRACT: The doctrinal basis of the Evangelical Theological Society requires from its members a strong, traditional, evangelical stand on inspiration and inerrancy. While this does not explicitly mention free will and providence, it does have consequences in terms of what one is able to believe with respect to the divine feat of inspiring the scriptures through the free agency of human authors. If God is to successfully bring about an inerrant, inspired text, what are His prospects on any theologian’s view of free will and foreknowledge? The consequences of human free will are surveyed on Calvinism, open theism, classical Arminianism, and Molinism, to assess …