What's wrong with Calvinism? Since colonial days, Calvinism has dominated evangelical thought in America. It has been so well established that many Christians simply assumed it to be the truest expression of Christian doctrine. But Calvinism ahs some serious biblical and theological weakness that unsettle laypeople, pastors and scholars alike. God is sovereign. All evangelical Christians--whether Arminians or Calvinists--have no doubt about this fundamental truth. But how does God express his sovereignty? Is God a master puppeteer, pulling our strings? Or has he graciously given his children freedom to respond to his love? In this eminently readable book, Jerry L. Walls and Joseph R. Dongell explore the flaws of Calvinist theology. This book is a must-read for all who struggle.
Type: Paperback ()
Category: Books > Apologetics
ISBN / UPC: 9780830832491/0830832491
Publish Date: 5/1/2004
Item No: 71600
Vendor: InterVarsity Press
Joshua: Ive read this book several times and it has been a great resource to me as I have waded through the Calvinist/Arminian debate. It isnt a complete or comprehensive refutation of Calvinism, but it certainly hits the high points scripturally and philosophically. One aspect of the book that I appreciated is that in its treatment of pertinent passages of scripture the authors often presented more than one plausible Arminian interpretation to a particular passage. Even within the Arminian camp there is still some diversity of opinion on the details of predestination and election. However, all Arminians basically agree that election is conditioned on faith, rather than determined by the eternal decree of God to save some and actively or passively condemn others, as those of the Calvinist persuasion believe. Since this book is written on a popular level it is very readable, and the nature of the Calvinist/Arminian debate is explained in the beginning for those who are not familiar with the five points of Calvinism or are new to the topic. Another thing that the book succeeds in doing is dispelling some of the common misconceptions of Arminian theology. Many are under the impression that Arminianism denies the doctrine of total depravity and is therefore Semi-Pelagian at best and outright Pelagian at worst. That is simply not true. Arminius was a staunch proponent of the doctrine of total depravity and insisted that apart from the Gods grace no man would seek God and believe in him. I would also recommend the book if you are a fair-minded Calvinist that wants to examine some of the basic arguments for Arminianism. The authors are very respectful to those of the Calvinist persuasion and write with a very irenic tone. It may not make you change your mind, but it will leave you better informed about the other side of the debate. All in all, this book is a great choice. For those who are unfamiliar with the Calvinist/Arminian debate and want to learn what its all about I recommend the following links for further research:http://evangelicalarminians.org/Are_You_an_Arminian_and_Dont_Even_Know_Ithttp://evangelicalarminians.org/Outline.FACTS-of-Arminianism-vs-the-TULIP-of-Calvinismhttp://classicalarminianism.blogspot.com/