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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By David N. on September 13, 2012
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The premise of this book is an interesting one. I don't know of any other book that deals with a direct comparison between Calvin and Lewis. I am a HUGE fan of Lewis (I read Mere Christianity once every year), but I am also a Calvinist, so I was very excited about this book.

Unfortuantely, the project fails. This is primarily for 3 reasons.

1. Even though the author provides lots and LOTS of quotations from Calvin, in an effort to not misrepresent his position, he still misrepresents his position. This is not so much because he takes quotes out of context, but the background and interpretation he provides for them are often inaccurate. The author constantly repreats the assertion that Calvin's whole system of doctrine is based on the proposition that God is omnipotent and can therefore override man's free will. But Richard Muller has already shown that Calvinism cannot be reduced to any one "central dogma."

2. The author makes several logical mistakes (drawing conclusions that are unwarranted from the premises). One primary example will suffice: The author says that Calvin's entire system of doctrine is based upon a contradiction (a bold claim that requires a high degree of proof, in my opinion). The explanation is that on the one hand Calvin claims that God is the freest possible being, but on the other hand God is not free to create genuinely free creatures. This also contradicts Calvin's other beliefs, according to the author, namely that Adam and Eve were free to sin or not sin. But the author completely misses the point here. Calvin says that IF God had wanted to, he could have stopped the Fall from happening (i.e. God could have chosen to override the free choice of Adam and Eve at the moment of the Fall).
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By tmlckwd on October 22, 2013
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The information that Ferrier exposes is interesting and insightful. It is not an easy read, and there is offputting repetition of points. The writing style is a bit dry. I enjoyed examining the thesis and supports, but tired of the feeling that it could have been proposed in a more accessible style and in a far more efficient manner.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By TAG on May 14, 2011
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I think someone who has thought a lot or a little about this issue will come away better informed after they read this book. It is a very thoughtful and well researched book.
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My opinion is that this book is an excellent analysis of predestination versus free-will in strict logic, but as quantum mechanics shows our normal concepts of logic may be wrong.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By JAM of JC on October 21, 2013
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I wanted to like this book, but very soon found myself growing weary of long-winded passages, many of which are lengthy text extracts taken from works by RC Sproul and Norman Geisler. I struggled to find conclusions that are either incisive or concise. If useful insights are there, it would require too much reading to get at them. I give the book two stars because it is a nice source of relevant quotes, and the author did work very hard to produce this book.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By R. J. Wallick on April 14, 2013
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I found this book interesting to read and have read it twice,i am very interested in reformed thought and find many answers to my questions about doctrine and scripture answered in reformed thought,however there are many questions still unanswered.This book brought up some very interesting questions about the differences of reformed and c.s. lewis's philosophy.i also am a big fan of c.s.lewis.i really don't care which side people line up on,i think there is some truth in both sides.I believe God is much bigger than we realize and operates in higher understanding than we can comprehend.i always go back to Isaiah 55:8-9."For my thoughts are not your thoughts,Neither are your ways My ways,"declares the lord."for as the heavens are higher than the earth,so are My ways higher than your ways,And My thoughts than your thoughts.the one question that was not brought up in this study was how prayer enters in to the picture,can prayer change Gods mind.i know i can here the rebuttal now.Gods sovereignty being challenged,but prayer and the scriptures are full of commands and examples of prayer and its power to influence God.I say consider this mystery of how prayer enters into the discussion of free will and Gods sovereignty.
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