CLEARING UP MISCONCEPTIONS ABOUT CORPORATE ELECTION
The nature of election has long been one of the most hotly debated topics in
evangelical theology. The question lies at the heart of the debate between Arminianism
and Calvinism, a debate which commands so much interest and attention because it
ultimately has to do with the character of God. But beyond the inherent appeal the
disagreement between Arminianism and Calvinism holds for those with a high view of
Scripture, the debate has been raging with a heightened intensity in recent years with no
sign of abating due to factors such as (1) the current resurgence of Calvinism in
evangelicalism (which, in its popular form, must be considered more Arminian than
Calvinist overall),1 (2) the popularity of the internet, where on the one hand multitudes of
laymen now flock to gain theological information, and on the other hand Calvinists have
been quite prolific, and (3) the advent of influential outlooks such as Open Theism and
the New Perspective on Paul, the former directly opposed to Calvinism and the latter
*Brian Abasciano is an adjunct professor of New Testament at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary
(Boston) and pastors at Faith Community Church in Hampton, NH. I would like to thank a number of
people for reading this article and offering helpful comments: Paul Ellingworth, Bill Klein, Tom McCall,
Ron Fay, Ben Henshaw, Martin Glynn, and Luke Gowdy.
1 On this resurgence, see Collin Hansen, “Young, Restless, Reformed,” Christianity Today, September
2006, the by-line of which claims, “Calvinism is making a comeback—and shaking up the church.” Hansen
has since published a book on the subject: Young, Restless, Reformed: A Journalist's Journey with the New
Calvinists (Wheaton: Crossway, 2008).
providing various insights that can be effectively pressed into service by Arminians
(whether or not they agree with the view in general) to support their system.