Timelines and an organized list of events can be helpful to see how things evolve (or devolve), so I thought I would provide a play-by-play run down of the events that have transpired (and will continue to transpire) since the John 3:16 conference, and more particularly the revival of the charge of hyper-Calvinism by Dr. David Allen, dean of the school of theology at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.
Here’s the rundown thus far (I will be updating this regularly in the future).
1. [11.07.08] David Allen gives his message against limited atonement at the John 3:16 Conference wherein he charges James White (among others) as a hyper-Calvinist.
2. [11.07.08] James White offers and immediate response while in the UK evangelizing Muslims.
3. [11.07.08] Phil Johnson, author of the “Primer on Hyper-Calvinism“, comes to the defense of James White and refutes the charges made by David Allen.
4. [11.08.08] Tony Byrne (YnottonY) storms the blogosphere as Dr. Allen’s apologist. Eventually it was revealed that Byrne drafted the chart distributed at the conference and was influential in both the 34-page response by Allen to the Building Bridges Conference as well as the presentation on limited atonement. The extent to which Allen’s presentation and thinking has been influenced remains uncertain.
5. [11.09.08] Timmy Brister provides a compilation post of live-blogging entries along with some noteworthy items from the John 3:16 conference.
6. [11.17.08] Gene Cook interviews Tony Byrne about his chart and understanding of hyper-Calvinism on the Narrow Mind.
7. [11.24.08] David Allen responds with his reasoning behind the charge of hyper-Calvinism and James White (very similar to what Byrne had already been arguing).
8. [11.24.08] James White responds to Allen’s “false accusation” on the AOMIN blog.
9. [11.24.08] Tom Ascol addresses the widening of the divide in the SBC as a result of (1) Lemke’s article, (2) Allen’s PDF review, and (3) the John 3:16 Conference.
10. [11.26.08] Phil Johnson addresses (again) the issue of hyper-Calvinism, refuting point-by-point the argumentation by David Allen.
11. [11.26.08] James White responds ot Phil Johnson’s refutation of Allen.
12. [11.26.08] James White addresses Allen’s historical sources for his presentation.
13. [11.26.08] The “open letter” by David Miller was published along with Jerry Vines’ response.
14. [11.28.08] R. Scott Clark, a non Southern Baptist and professor of Historical Theology at Westminster Seminary, chimes in on the shared rationalism of both hyper-Calvinism and Arminianism.
15. [11.28.08] Justin Taylor provides information to answer the question, “What Is Hyper-Calvinism?”
16. [11.28.08] James White plays the testimony of Thomas Dickerson who was “saved out of Calvinism” (to the applause of the crowd) and responds both to Dickerson’s mysticism and the panel’s reaction (YouTube video).
17. [11.28.08] Malcolm Yarnell, after having left nearly a dozen comments on Ascol’s post, takes his partying agenda elsewhere.
18. [11.29.08] James White addresses Allen’s treatment of the “double payment argument” and John Owen (YouTube video)
(HTT: Timmy Brister)