Hello fellow bloggers. I’ve been pretty absent lately, b/c life is nuts right now. Despite all the tasks to do, i thought i would sneek a quick post in.
In Thomas A. Smail’s work, The Forgotten Father, he approvingly cites Anselm’s belief that “our Christology is not determined primarily by our philosophy, but by our estimation of our plight and what it took to cope with it – quantum ponderis peccatum (how mighty was our sin).
This reminded of a thought i have often had about Calvinism. Most people think that Calvinism focuses on the mystery or sovereignty of God, and the rest of their beliefs follow from that. I sometimes think that what is actaully foundational for Calvinist beliefs is a particular conception of sin – total depravity.
Cornelius Plantinga has desribed Calvinists as “the guardians of sin” or something close to that. If he, and Anselm are right, does that mean that Calvinists are the worst sinners?
(Note: Read the above as a light-hearted way to stimulate genuine reflection over the implications of one’s understanding of sin)