Does Calvinism Make God a Moral Monster?

One day, at the end of a class session on Calvinism’s doctrine of God’s sovereignty, a student asked me a question I had put off considering. He asked: “If it was revealed to you in a way you couldn’t question or deny that the true God actually is as Calvinism says and rules as Calvinism affirms, would you still worship him?” I knew the only possible answer without a moment’s thought, even though I knew it would shock many people. I said no, that I would not because I could not. Such a God would be a moral monster.

Roger Olsen, Against Calvinism

This quote concerns me on so many levels.

Does Calvinism make God a moral monster?

What justification does Dr. Olsen have to define “morality” apart from God and then judge God by that definition?

And if God unmistakably revealed himself to Dr. Olsen as the Sovereign God of Calvinism, Dr. Olsen would reject him outright?

That seems to turn the argument that “Calvinists worship a theological system over the Bible” on its head, doesn’t it?

And is it surprising that this arrogance would develop out of an outright rejection of Biblical inerrancy?

  1 comment for “Does Calvinism Make God a Moral Monster?

  1. joseph hedric
    2 May 2012 at 1:49 pm

    calvinists are stuck on the merry-go round of circular logic for the simple reason that they FAIL to recognize the difference between redemption and salvation. redemption speaks to grace, while salvation speaks to faith. all the faith in the world could NEVER bring about redemption. it is a gift. salvation on the other hand is the outcome of faith 1 pet. 1:9 once you understand that reality, everything falls into place, but for the calvinist it’s a constant struggle because they simply do not perceive this simple truth. they also have a faulty understanding of sovereignty.

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