It is very common to hear the accusation from Calvinists that the non-Calvinistic view of man is exalting, or in some way makes mankind "better" than they really are. But may I suggest and make the case that the opposite is actually true: Consider the "insanity defense" in our judicial system. What is it based upon? It's the concept that a man who is born insane (i.e. uncontrollable chemical make up of his brain, etc) is not really responsible for his actions and thus is not really "guilty" though he may need to be locked away for treatment and care. Compare this with someone clearly rational and sane individual who commits a pre-meditated crime. Now, which of these two criminals is worse? The one born unable to do anything except commit crimes because of his inherent illness or the one born normal who chooses to commit his crimes? According to our judicial system, and that of scripture, the worse individual is the latter, not the former, right? That is why the insane aren't deemed 'guilty' after all. Now, compare the Calvinist view of the natural/unbelieving man and the non-Calvinist view of the same: The Calvinist view has them born unable to willingly do anything except sin and reject any appeal to be reconciled to God, much like the insane. You may call him "responsible" but ultimately the reason he doesn't believe is because God didn't elect him and provide what was needed for him to choose otherwise. On the other hand, the non-Calvinist view of the unbeliever is more like the rational, sane criminal who commits the pre-meditated crime. God provided all that he needed to see, hear, and understand and thus he stands without a single excuse. God loves him, didn't want him to perish, made a sincere appeal to be reconciled and he rationally considered the truth and chose to trade it in for lies. He stands condemned for no other reason except that he chose to rebel and turn his back on an all loving, benevolent, and long-suffering Father. Thus, the view of the unbelieving man in the non-Calvinistic system is MUCH worse. You feel sorry for the man in the Calvinistic system because he couldn't help it. He wasn't chosen or regenerated. You pity him, but his rebellion is justified to some extent because he had absolutely no control over it. He is just like the insane man that we declare 'not-guilty' in our own judicial system. Therefore, I submit that Calvinism is the system guilty of exalting the view of man all the while lessoning the view of God by making Him ultimately responsible for the unbelievers rejection of his appeal to be reconciled by declaring that all inherit the "totally depraved/unable" nature from birth.