Does Anybody Agree with this Quotation IX
The Calvinist's View of Divine 'Sovereignty' and Human Responsibility
Staunch Calvinist, Dr. Edwin Palmer, one time Professor of Systematic Theology at Westminster Theological Seminary, from his book, The Five Points of Calvinism:
Concerning divine sovereignty and human responsibility, he writes that the true Calvinist must embrace:
"both sides of the antinomy. He realizes that what he embraces is ridiculous."
Palmer goes on to admit that:
"It is impossible to harmonize these two sets of data [divine sovereignty and human responsibility]"
Palmer concludes it this way:
"This is the awesome biblical asymmetry. God ordains sin and man is to blame."
("Assymetry"!!?? Talk about understatement!)
What does the true Calvinist, according to Palmer, understand the ordination of God to entail?
"God is in back of everything. He decides and causes all things to happen that do happen ... He has foreordained everything 'after the counsel of his will': the moving of a finger, the beating of a heart, the laughter of a girl, the mistake of a typist - even sin"