Saturday, July 12, 2008

It's time R.C. Sproul realized the Christian realm is not defined by Calvinist intellectual polemics and endeavors. He has a plug for the Calvinist counterpart to this book on his blog and of course as with any Calvinist argument there is always a more convincing position stated by the greater body of Christ. Such it is with Jerry Walls and Joseph Dongell's book Why I Am Not A Calvinist. It's available in many Christian bookstores and several online sites.


Anonymous said...

I'm biased of course, but I read both books and, being as objective as I can be, I thought Walls' and Dongell's book was much stronger than Peterson's and William's book.

I was disappointed in three areas:

1) I thought they could have done much better with John 6 (I think their exegesis was generally correct, but could have been elaborated on and made even stronger).

2) No defense of conditional security which, by itself, ruins Calvinism.

3) They ignore the historic "simple foreknowledge" view and act as though one is either a determinist (which includes compatibilism) or a molinist (middle knowledge position).

I enjoyed the chapters on inconsistency (in Calvinism) and practical implications (of Calvinism) very much.

God Bless,

Kevin Jackson said...

Coincidentally I just finished reading this book. I thought it was excellent.