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Why I Am Not a CalvinistS 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 h. This was a book with which I could identify as these authors disagreements with and misunderstandings of Calvinism were similar to my own Unlike the WilliamsPeterson volume Walls and Dongell seek to answer the uestion implied in the title by seeking to show how Calvinism is unacceptable instead of demonstrating why Arminianism is preferable I would have much preferred the later approach as this book over emphasizes philosophy seeking to show Calvinism is an incoherent system and under emphasizes Scripture building the case for Arminianism I would have much preferred to read a Biblical defense of Arminianism rather than a philosophical polemic against CalvinismUnfortunately while they uote Calvinist authors it seems that they do not really understand the Calvinist system at all Walls admits as much in chapter 3 when he claims that his understanding of Calvinism is largely informed by the secular philosophies of hard and soft determinism Too often his analytic approach evaluates Calvinism using definitions of terms that are foreign to the system itself At the end of the day what I was hoping to read was a strong Biblical defense of Arminianism similar to the sister volume but that is not this book One wonders if Williams and Peterson's book should have been like this one Still it is often beneficial to show how one's own system of doctrine is true before trying to show that another is false and this would be a much a better book for one seeking to engage this issue if they had put forth a strong defense of ArminianismA couple other notes The epistemology is interesting It is strong on analytic philosophy and weak on revelation The a priori commitment to libertarian free will is the primary assumption underlying their critiue On another note the tone in this volume is a bit desperate I believe this is due to the growing influence of SBTS in the Baptist churches This is a serious current issue for Walls and Dongell It is much likely that an Arminian in their circles will bolt to Calvinism than a Calvinist in Williams and Peterson's circles would do the opposite This I think also influenced their approach to this volume

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Free read ñ Why I Am Not a Calvinist 104 Õ What's wrong with Calvinism Since the Reformation Calvinism has dominated much of evangelical thought It has been so well established that many Christians simply assume it to be the truest expression of Christian doctrine But Calvinism has some serious biblical and theological weaknesses that unsetIs children freedom to respond to his love In this eminently readable book Jerry L Walls and Joseph R Dongell explore the flaws of Calvinist theologyWhy I Am Not a Calvinist is a must read for all who struggle with the limitations of this dominant perspective within evangelical theology. A deep plow but thoughtful and respectfulThis book is appropriate for anyone of a Calvinist or if preferred Reformed thinking to reflect on precisely what they are teaching whether intentionally or not The authors do not brush off Reformers as ignorant but dig deeply into the thinking behind the theology While I don't always agree with the options presented such as the distinctions between freedoms and determinism I also must note that these are concepts wherein we likely cannot see things from God's perspective being locked into cause and effect seuences we perceive as time Though the payoff comes at the end the entire book should be read to make the authors' conclusions clear

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What's wrong with Calvinism Since the Reformation Calvinism has dominated much of evangelical thought It has been so well established that many Christians simply assume it to be the truest expression of Christian doctrine But Calvinism has some serious biblical and theological weaknesse. Thoughtful largely irenic and mostly fair Should be read by all Calvinists as it serves as a corrective against the worst among us This book gives the benefit of the doubt and interacts with the most thoughtful mature and philosophically sound versions of Calvinism A good Calvinist can stand alongside the authors and reject the outer fringe of Calvinism which is regrettably becoming mainstream Popular Calvinism will be the death of modern reformed theology although books like this can help correct the ship