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Can a man save himself? Depends.

Can a man save himself to any degree and in any sense of the word? This certainly is one of the longest running debates of sinners and saints, scholars and ain’t. The currency of  the debate is always the same, although it can be transacted in pennies or pounds sterling. The box seats version typically involves a series of salvos over free will and total depravity, with lots of proof texts flying through the air . The cheap seats version is shorter but has more local color: “I’m not perfect, but I’m good at heart, and I do my best . . . ” (the rest of the argument is unstated but clearly implied, and it goes like...

posted on: Aug 16, 2010 | author: Alan Burrow