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  • Paperback: 104 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (August 31, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1453738967
  • ISBN-13: 978-1453738962
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,396,935 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Co-Author, Jon Cardwell

The book that I recently co-wrote with Jeff and Eddie, Against Calvinism, has stirred a great deal of emotion from both professing Arminians and Calvinists, much more than I could have imagined. Many of the most snide and venomous remarks have come from those who have either not read the content, nor read the caveat, neither have they bothered looking into the book any further than a brief glance. A few have accused us of suggesting or believing that those holding to Arminian theology are incapable of logical thought. One comment that came my way suggested that the premise of this book would cause those who hold to non-Calvinistic theology feel like we are calling those people illogical. That could not be further from the truth as people are not arguments or propositions themselves. Though they can draw logical or illogical conclusions, for a created being to be logical or illogical is an illogical conclusion.

Although I believe the doctrines of grace and though I believe that the basic tenets provided by the "five solas of the Reformation" are the most consistent and logical interpretation of scripture, the truth of man's salvation, sanctification, and man's ultimate end in Christ alone. To insist that someone must believe one system of theology over another system of theology, apart from fundamental scriptural truths concerning salvation, would be to add to grace. This doesn't mean that the doctrines of grace, say, do not exist, or are not true. What does matter is that Christ saves sinners; and that salvation is not based upon a theology, whether Arminian or Calvinism. Theology merely defines systematically how salvation has come to man from God based upon God's written revelation of Himself in the scriptures. Although the means of salvation is by God's Word (Rom 10:17), "salvation is of the LORD" (Jon 2:9).

Then why, am I so adamant about the doctrines of grace? Because it is true what the late Dr. A.W. Tozer wrote, "Always and always God must be first. The gospel in its scriptural context puts the glory of God first and the salvation of man second."[1]

The doctrines of grace place the glory of God first and the salvation of man second. The doctrines of grace exalt the sovereignty of God without removing the responsibility of man. The doctrines of grace exalt the Person of Jesus Christ, because although Christ receives great glory in the salvation of souls, even if God saved no one (theoretically speaking), it would not diminish who Christ is in the least. He is the Almighty God, infinite, eternal and unchangeable in His being.

We have used humor, satire and irony in conveying the doctrines of grace in this book. As there has already been a few who have expressed their very strong displeasure with our use of humor to convey these truths, I'm certain that there will be others that will share that particular view. As far as the use of wit and humor, I'd like to provide this quote from Mr. Charles Haddon Spurgeon,

"Sometimes, anecdotes have force in them on account of their appealing to the sense of the ludicrous. Of course, I must be very careful here, for it is a sort of tradition of the fathers that it is wrong to laugh on Sundays. The eleventh commandment is, that we are to love one another, and then, according to some people, the twelfth is, 'Thou shalt pull a long face on Sunday.' I must confess that I would rather hear people laugh than I would see them asleep in the house of God; and I would rather get the truth into them through the medium of ridicule than I would have the truth neglected, or leave the people to perish through lack of reception of the truth. I do believe in my heart that there may be as much holiness in a laugh as in a cry; and that, sometimes, to laugh is the better thing of the two, for I may weep, and be murmuring, and repining, and thinking all sorts of bitter thoughts against God; while, at another time, I may laugh the laugh of sarcasm against sin, and so evince a holy earnestness in the defense of the truth. I do not know why ridicule is to be given up to Satan as a weapon to be used against us, and not to be employed by us as a weapon against him. I will venture to affirm that the Reformation owed almost as much to the sense of the ridiculous in human nature as to anything else, and that those humorous squibs and caricatures, that were issued by the friends of Luther, did more to open the eyes of Germany to the abominations of the priesthood than the more solid and ponderous arguments against Romanism. I know no reason why we should not, on suitable occasions, try the same style of reasoning. 'It is a dangerous weapon," it will be said, "and many men will cut their fingers with it.' Well, that is their own lookout; but I do not know why we should be so particular about their cutting their fingers if they can, at the same time, cut the throat of sin, and do serious damage to the great adversary of souls."[2]

It is our duty, and should be our pressing passion to preach the gospel to a lost and dying world. Quite often, however, our loving but firm presentation of the gospel, be it the public proclamation of Christ's gospel in open air, or the worshipful teaching of doctrine, appeal to truth, and exhortation of holiness from the pulpit in expositing God's Word, we are met with opposition; and very often, met with the vile and venomous insults of gross cavilers. Would we not still preach the gospel? We must, and we will by God's grace, Lord willing. Likewise, if the doctrines of grace are true, and I believe they are, as a preacher of the gospel and a pastor of a local congregation, would I not have a grave responsibility before God to proclaim these truths, despite objections from those who believe otherwise?

And yes, all three authors embrace the Doctrines of Grace. In other words, they are Calvinists.
[1] A.W. Tozer, Born After Midnight, Ch.4, "The Key to Human Life is Theological."
[2] C.H. Spurgeon, Lectures to My Students Vol. 2, Lecture 3, "The Uses of Anecdotes and Illustrations."

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This is NOT a refutation of Calvinism.
Jason Sykes
This book is an absolute con job and a waste of money and time.
Elizabeth A. Register
Let me say regarding the point of the book, "I get it."
C Miller

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28 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on October 7, 2010
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This book has nothing "against" Calvinism in it. It is an apologetic for Calvinism with blank pages for the "arguments against" implying that there are no arguments against Calvinism (arrogant are we?). The authors call it it humorous but I was perturbed wasting time and money buying this book because I was really expecting a scholarly book that discusses these important issues, not to make fun of them. I am returning it immediately.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By whatever on January 13, 2011
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Read the title and sub title..... and yet behold it is the exact opposite. Can you really trust them to fairly portray Arminius? I bet they say he was "condemned by the Synod of Dort!" Tell me I'm wrong please. It was almost all made up of Calvinists... how does that represent anything but a kangaroo court like Luther faced?
I might buy this for my collection of books defending Calvinism.... but come on guys... how about not making us read the fine print to see what you have done here. (but, thanks for supplying it Somewhere at least so customers could make an informed, as opposed to reformed decision...):)
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By a reader on April 26, 2011
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This deceptive book that doesn't cover what its tile claims, and thus wastes the money & time of trusting customers who didn't take the time to read the reviews. Not only is $11.69 way overpriced for a 86 paged, large-print book, but 40 of those pages are blank and 6 are stupid 'joke is on you' conversations. Amazon needs to discontinue this.
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17 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Jason Sykes on December 8, 2010
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Disappointed would be an understatement in regards to this book. I will accept mild blame in that I should have researched the book a bit more. This is NOT a refutation of Calvinism. The logical arguments are actually blank pages. This book simply summarizes Calvinism/reformed theology. I would not recommend this book on any level unless you want a concise explanation of what Calvinists believe (unfortunately, most of the time most Calvinists do not find common agreement, especially when challenged). Save your $10 and put it towards something that can benefit you.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By B. Gonzales on March 12, 2013
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My experience with this book was intentional, to read and study all sides before passing along as a balance to other books I had recommended. While I don't 'hate' the book, which one star indicates, it is just not honest to give it a higher review because of the well understood and well intentioned duplicity of the authors. Shame on me for not researching well, seeing a friend's recommendation of the book on a social networking platform. This book presents as do so many, the typical arrogance often portrayed by some of the 'great' (of course great, meaning only reformed) theological minds, geared toward showing how great, the ignorance of those they are trying to convert to their great, high, and lofty Reformed view. Such mocking arrogance that one could even consider a thought not thoroughly grounded in Augustine or Calvin; it is surprising that there aren't more blank pages. And of course, there are no logical arguments in the minds of the authors to disprove the "Doctrines of Grace", which is merely another phrase for "Calvinism"; what, more duplicity? I have to agree with the review that called Calvinism "mean", because the presentation certainly leans toward mocking meanness; mean-spirited somehow. The definition of humor from those who profess and preach grace and love should not be perceived as the kind that mocks others who may not embrace the same five points. The disclaimer states the book is listed or filed under humor as well as religion? Indeed. Perhaps it should also be filed under fiction, since these authors surely know many will purchase based on a search by title or content; at some level it seems intended to deceive on purpose. It really is too bad the disclaimer is not in bold print, but then, think how many people would not get be disappointed with their purchase.Read more ›
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By C Miller on May 29, 2011
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Knowing it was actually pro-Calvin when I purchased it, I was still disappointed with the actual content (or lack of content as the case may be). Let me say regarding the point of the book, "I get it." At one level I appreciate its intent. But if I had known up front that this was all I would be getting I would not have gotten it (the book). It is a clever idea but should not be in a book form that costs money. As a person with limited funds for books, I would rather have spen this money on a much more informative book.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth A. Register on June 22, 2012
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This book is an absolute con job and a waste of money and time. I was searching the pros and cons of Calvinism...well, I found the cons and it is these writers!!! Don't waste your money. I feel like I was robbed!
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