Sovereignty in Non-Calvinist Perspective: Toward a Relational Theism

Speakers: Roger Olson

Calvinism is undergoing a resurgence of interest among evangelicals. The “young, restless, Reformed” movement is sweeping through evangelical churches and institutions. But Calvinism has no monopoly on the concept of God’s sovereignty and it’s important for non-Calvinist Christians to understand and articulate sovereignty, including the doctrines of providence and predestination, in ways that are biblically faithful, reasonable and winsome. “Relational theism” is one alternative to Calvinism that has potential for this task. Might it be helpful to distinguish between being “in charge” and being “in control?” Sovereignty without manipulation or domination is a well-known human experience. A non-Calvinist model of sovereignty can and should be the goal of progressive, postconservative evangelical Christians.

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