When someone asserts that some religious proposition, for instance the doctrine of supralapsarianism
, is absolutely true, he presumably intends to assert that that doctrine is not just true "for him," but also "for you and everyone else," and furthermore such that it is true independent of what anybody might happen to believe or think about it.
At the end, this view comes to be a sort of new "supralapsarianism
," not the old decretal sort of Calvinism, but an "aesthetic supralapsarianism
." This view of creation, the Fall, and redemption through Christ in history is unusual, but not unprecedented in either ancient or modern formulations of Christian tradition.
It should also be noted that Gale does not address Plantinga's recent attempt at theodicy in his essay 'Supralapsarianism
, or "O Felix Culpa" ' in Inwagen's 2004 Christian Faith and The Problem of Evil.
Discussion on predestination and on supralapsarianism
are not avoided, but placed within the framework of Calvin's thought rather than being read through the lens of seventeenth century controversies.
Taylor inherited a context in which Samuel Hopkins's theodicy, characterized by supralapsarianism
, dominated the New England theological landscape.
And there are theological missteps, as in the somewhat muddled discussion of infra- and supralapsarianism
, which fails to realize that both asserted the unconditional nature of God's electing grace--the former, indeed, being the official position of all the Reformed creeds (203-204).
Calvin, for example, never explicitly developed the doctrine of supralapsarianism
, the belief that God predestined salvation or damnation for all humans even before the fall of Adam.
Accordingly, "such a stand on sequence amounts to nothing less than classical supralapsarianism
(17) in that the decree of predestination precedes those effecting Creation and Fall, and it necessarily takes precedence over them." (18) However, the expression is not decisive since it directly implies the words of Paul from the Epistle to the Ephesians chapter one, verse four; "Accordingly as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world ..." (19) And, as Stephen M.
Meanwhile, we were preoccupied, mastering supralapsarianism
and measuring skirts and hair.
In treating election and rejection, he discusses infralapsarianism and supralapsarianism
, election and faith, and particularism and universalism.
King dubiously attributed supralapsarianism
to Calvin and interpreted it as making God responsible for the Fall and for the presence of evil in the world.
Beeke's essay, perhaps the most interesting of this set, looks at the declining importance of the Genevan Academy, blaming the quagmire of "supralapsarianism
" versus "infralapsarianism" theology (using useful primary resources).