There is a theological debate simmering in the blogosphere
about Calvinists and Calvinism. Debate is a good thing. It can help
bring us to consensus, and that would be good for Christianity.
Let’s start with the definitions: Spurgeon’s Exposition of the Doctrines of Grace; Arminianism from the Elwell Evangelical Dictionary, and Calvinism, Arminianism and the Word of God by Chuck Smith of Calvary Chapel.
On the Reformed side of the debate, visit: Adrian Warnack: Calling All Arminian Prayers;
Alpha and Omega Ministries: HyperCalvinism;
The JollyBlogger: In Defense of Internet Calvinists;
The Irvins: The Flaw in Evangelism, For Whom Did Christ Die; Is Calvinism Inconsistent; Can Calvinism Be Taught, and many others (browse around).
On the other side of the debate, visit: The Internet Monk: Why I’m Not Like You;
Ilona at True Grit: Implications, and also Covenants and Counterpoints, and more (browse around);
The Bible Archive: Rockin’ With Russ (a collection of articles on each of the five points of Calvinism).
essays are just a start. Following the links on these pages and looking
around a bit will take you to more. I should put the obligatory
disclaimer in here: linking to these essays does not indicate my
agreement with them. I am researching the debate as well. I am posting
the links as a service for others who have questions (or answers) and
who would like to follow the debate.
Any of these essays
would make good practice material for your rhetoric stage student.
Identify and research the points made, identify the logic and the use
of Scripture, and support or refute the claims.
Update: Thanks to Jen for recommending Debating Calvinism in the comments. Thanks to Kim for recommending PyroManiac’s overview of the Internet debate in Quick and Dirty Calvinism. (Please post in the comments if anyone has more great recommendations.)