We've often lamented on this site one of the chief objections to strict Calvinism we perceive is the obnoxious notion of divine determinism--the idea that God foreordainately predestines whatsoever comes to pass. John Calvin so embraced this philosophical ideal that he could conclude, >>>
"Let us suppose, for example, that a merchant, after entering a forest in company with trust-worthy individuals, imprudently strays from his companions and wanders bewildered till he falls into a den of robbers and is murdered. His death was not only foreseen by the eye of God, but had been fixed by his decree." (emphasis added, //link).
Similarly, Richard Mourdock, the Republican candidate from Indiana for the United States senate said in a debate today Tuesday concerning abortion that "even when life begins with that horrible situation of rape, that is something that God intended to happen" (italics added; //link). Listen for yourself:
Whether or not strict Calvinists follow the logic of their own theological propositions, Mourdock's determinism appears to be precisely what strict Calvinism implies. It is also the kind of determinism, at least in my view, that makes God out to be a cosmic Criminal.