Trusting the Depraved

I believe John Calvin got it right when he spoke of the total depravity of man. If we had the ability, in any way, to save ourselves, then Jesus would not have needed to come down from Heaven.

I’m a Calvinist. I believe in the total depravity of man: we are saved only by the sovereign grace of God, who imputes Christ’s righteousness to us. This makes me extremely skeptical of utopian schemes and the good faith of my fellow man–especially when man’s promises are founded on anything but faith in Jesus Christ.

In our orgulity we have set up all these God-free, no-need-for-a-Savior zones–wee little corners of our lives like business, politics, entertainment, what we say, what we do, what we think… One of those little God-free corners is Science.

It is impossible, theologically, for Science to be any more free than the used car business, or Congress, from fraud, mendacity, greed, false witness, or any other sin. Which is not to say that Science is useless, or of less value than another human enterprise. It’s just one of many, all of them subject to the same human limitations.

Don’t set up cults, don’t give politicians power, don’t give that guy from the Nigerian email your credit card number–and don’t stop believing the Bible because Science tells you different.



About leeduigon

I have lived in Metuchen, NJ, all my life. I have been married to my wife Patricia since 1977. I am a former newspaper editor and reporter. I was also the owner-operator of my own small business for several years. I wrote various novels and short stories published during 1980s and 1990s. I am a long-time student of judo and Japanese swordsmanship (kenjutsu). I also play chess, basketball, and military and sports simulations.

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