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...
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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 weaknesses 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. Why I Am Not a Calvinist is a must-read for all who struggle with the limitations of this dominant perspective within evangelical theology.
This book clearly defines the biblical and theological weaknesses of Calvinism.
"Walls and Dongell present an exceptional blend of careful scholarship, readable presentation, uncompromising conviction, and graceful opposition in their forcefully argued bookWhy I Am Not a Calvinist.Points that make this a book well worth buying and reading include the following:The book demonstrates well the often overlooked fact that the issues between Calvinism and Arminianism are not primarily exegetical but theological and even philosophical.This task is ably accomplished by the combination of an exegetical scholar and a theological philosopher in the authorial team--an ideal amalgamation for such a book.The book clearly identifies and explains the most powerful problems for Calvinism--conceptual problems with the notion of freedom, logical consistency problems and problems of ingenuous application of Calvinist theology to Christian life.While clearly and unapologeticallynon-Calvinist, the authors are most assuredly not anti-Calvinist. Their treatment of Calvinism and Calvinists is always in the spirit of Christian love, acceptance, understanding and unity.The book is very timely, given the central debates in contemporary conservative and evangelical theology and the resurgence of pro-Calvinist sentiment over the last two decades."
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Dr Jerry L. Walls (Ph.D., Department of Philosophy, University of Notre Dame) has taught at Asbury Seminary since 1987. His books include: The Problem of Pluralism: Recovering United Methodist Identity (Bristol Books); Hell: The Logic of Damnation (University of Notre Dame Press); C.S. Lewis and Francis Schaeffer: Lessons for a New Century from the Most Influential Apologists of Our Time (with Scott Burson, InterVarsity Press); Heaven: The Logic of Eternal Joy (Oxford); Why I Am not a Calvinist (with Asbury professor, Joe Dongell, Intervarsity Press); The Chronicles of Narnia and Philosophy (coedited with Gregory Bassham, Open Court Press). Forthcoming books include The Oxford Handbook of Eschatology (editor, Oxford University Press) and Basketball and Philosophy (co-edited with Gregory Bassham, The University of Kentucky Press). Dr. Walls is an elder in The United Methodist Church, West Ohio Conference, and is a member of the Society of Christian Philosophers.
- 1. Approaching The Bible
- 2. Engaging The Bible
- 3. Calvinism And The Nature Of Human Freedom
- 4. Calvinism And Divine Sovereignty
- 5. Calvinism And Consistency
- 6. Calvinism And The Christian Life
- Names Index
- Subject Index
- Scripture Index