A report live-blogged by Andy Naselli
Williams is professor of systematic theology at Union Theological College in Belfast, Ireland. The title of the six-part series is “The Election of Grace: A Riddle without Resolution?” The fifth lecture in the series was advertised to address “election, regeneration and faith.”
- Some have challenged the moderate single-predestination view that Williams presented in the previous lecture.
- Charles Simeon: “There is not a decided Calvinist or Arminian in the world who equally approves of the whole of Scripture . . . who, if he had been in the company of St. Paul whilst he was writing his Epistles, would not have recommended him to alter one or other of his expressions.”
- Paradox becomes sharper and not eased upon reflection.
- Simeon exaggerates his point.
- Immanuel Kant puzzled over moral agency.
- Deut 29:29 = the theologian’s motto
- Why do I need to know the nature and limits of human freedom? I can be held account for resisting grace yet cannot congratulate myself for accepting anything.
- Williams is not persuaded by Calvin on justice.