I observed a lot of dissertation proposals and defenses in the PhD program at TEDS, and this was one of the most frequently asked questions that examiners posed students: “What would falsify your thesis?” In other words, what exactly would it take to disprove your thesis?
It’s a question worth asking for any position you hold.
For example, consider the two most common views on the extent of the atonement:
- General or universal atonement: God intended for Jesus to die for the sins of all humans without exception.
- Definite or limited atonement: God intended for Jesus to die effectually for the sins of only the elect.
What would falsify general atonement? Some proponents say that all it would take is a Bible passage that explicitly says that Jesus died only (key word) for the elect.
What would falsify definite atonement? Continue Reading…