When talking about Total Depravity, total inability, and the bondage of the will, it is quite popular among Calvinists to talk about mankind being dead in sin. Have you encountered this before? Do you think that when the Bible talks about being dead in sin, it refers to the total inability of humankind?
Before I went to seminary, I was afraid of freezing. After seminary, I think I might have frozen. I recently read a book which may have helped me if I had read it before or during seminary. It is called Blessed are the Balanced. If you are in seminary or headed toward seminary, this might be a good book for you to read.
Most Calvinists teach that humans do not have free will. Or if we do, our free will is only free to sin until God regenerates us. What are your thoughts on free will? Does it exist? Does it not? If it does, how can we have free will and God remain sovereign? If free will does not exist, how can we avoid the charge of fatalism or determinism?
Total Depravity is the foundation and starting place of Calvinism. I am not opposed to total depravity as much as I am the ramifications of this doctrine. That is, universal sinfulness is a biblical idea, but the way Calvinists use this idea to form other doctrines causes me to reject total depravity as Calvinists understand and define it.