Roger Olson Challenges Calvinists to Rewrite "The Shack"

The Society of Evangelical Armininians has a post today by Roger Olson, where he issues a challenge to Calvinists: Rewrite “The Shack” from the Calvinist view.

Olson writes:

Since most Calvinists are harshly critical of the novel The Shack (which takes a similar approach to theodicy as Greg Boyd in Is God to Blame?) because of its alleged undermining of God’s glory and sovereignty, why don’t they (or one of them) write a similar novel in which God explains to Mack (or someone like him) why his daughter was kidnapped, raped and murdered–and avoid language about God permitting or allowing it (which is really Arminian language)?

Quite a tall order. I would not relish the idea of explaining why God decrees the rape and murder of a little girl. And that is one of the root problems with Calvinism. If God ordains everything and he is good, then why do evil things happen?

I personally nominate Tim Challies to write the book.

If you are unfamiliar with “The Shack”, you have been living in a cave. :) It is a popular and controversial Christian novel. My review is here.

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3 responses to “Roger Olson Challenges Calvinists to Rewrite "The Shack"

  1. This is a great challenge. I especially love how he ends it. "I look forward to the publication of such a novel; I think it would go far toward turning people away from Calvinism." I couldn't agree more!Thanks for the link

  2. you know, I think many Calvinist would readily write such a book. In fact James White states while debating on the radio that God is responsible when a little girl is raped, for Gods glory somehow.

  3. Derek, That's not surprising, but is pretty sad.

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