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Debating Calvinism: Five Points, Two Views [Kindle Edition]

Dave Hunt , James White
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Book Description

A centuries-old belief system is put to the test as two prominent authors examine and debate the subject of Calvinism from opposing viewpoints. James White, author of The Potter's Freedom, takes the Calvinist position. Dave Hunt, author of What Love Is This, opposes him. The exchange is lively and at times intense as these two articulate men wrestle over what the Scriptures tell us about God's sovereignty and man's free will. This thought-provoking, challenging book provides potent responses to the most frequently asked questions about Calvinism.

Is God free to love anyone He wants?
Do you have any choice in your own salvation?

It’s time to find out.

Calvinism has been a topic of intense discussion for centuries. In this lively debate, two passionate thinkers take opposing sides, providing valuable responses to the most frequently asked questions about Calvinism. Only you can decide where you stand on questions that determine how you think about your salvation.

Story Behind the Book

The subject of Calvinism has been hotly debated for many years, and now two prominent authors and researchers will debate this controversial topic in a book debate. This project came about when Mr. Hunt wrote What Love is This- Calvinism’s Misrepresentation of God. Mr. Hunt was challenged by many on the Calvinist bench and he eventually agreed to do a debate in a book format. The books purpose is to get you to think and come to your own conclusions.

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About the Author

Dave Hunt

Dave Hunt is an internationally-known author and lecturer. His bestselling books have been translated into more than forty languages and have sold more than 4 million copies. Mr. Hunt co-hosts his own weekly radio program Search the Scriptures Daily which is broadcast to over 100 stations in the US and worldwide. He and his wife, Ruth, have four children and live in central Oregon.

James White

James White is the director of Alpha and Omega Ministries, which is dedicated to defending the historic Protestant position on the sufficiency of Scripture and Salvation. The author of Letters to a Mormon Elder and The King James Only Controversy, and the coauthor of The Same Sex Controversy, White and his wife, Kelli, have two children and live in Phoenix, AZ.

Product Details

  • File Size: 3723 KB
  • Print Length: 433 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1590522737
  • Publisher: Multnomah Books (January 16, 2009)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001PSEQO2
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175 of 220 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Good AND A Poor Book At The Same Time March 15, 2004
Here is what you'll get, if you purchase this book:
James White writes a concise, clear summarization of Calvinism, with very little of his usual condescension or sarcasm. He provides small, digestible slices of Greek hermeneutics, grammar analysis, and history. This is a better book than "The Potter's Freedom" to give to a newcomer on the Calvinism/Arminianism debate, because it is not as technical or philosophically heavy.
Dave Hunt's chapters will give you a definite feeling for the typical argument of non-Methodist Arminians.
However, here is why it's also a poor book: Dave Hunt is so illogical, so non-linear, and so invincibly stubborn, that he is just a poor opponant for White. Even after writing his pro-Arminian book "What Love Is This?", Hunt still shows that he has no concept of what Calvinism actually teaches.
In his first positive chapter, meant to affirm what he believes, he chooses to spend the entire chapter smearing John Calvin, still playing the guilt-by-association game by making Calvin out to have been a closet Roman Catholic. It never occurs to Dave Hunt that this book was supposed to be about the generally-Reformed doctrine of salvation, not the Presbyterian view of church and the sacraments. But Hunt's goal is to make you just hate Calvin as a person so much that you will automatically reject Calvin's ideas. The principle that an idea can be true standing on its own, and isn't proven by whether one of its advocates was a nice guy, never seems to occur to Hunt.
Hunt wastes all kinds of time kvetching about Calvin's views of the sacraments.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Other solid reviews have been made of the ill-fated choice of Dave Hunt to represent the Arminian views on the so-called 'Five Points of Calvinism'. As another reviewer stated, I find James White a good selection here and, unlike his normal writings, he is well-controlled and even-handed in his presentation and dialogue with Hunt (for the most part). I think James White gives a clear exposition on consistent, Reformed Calvinism. For this alone the book is worth the buy.

White is consistent in his Reformed exposition of scripture, as well as his responses to Dave Hunt. Though I do not essentially agree with White, I find him clear in what he is saying as he is not putting up a smoke and mirrors routine. This is true, consistent Reformed teaching, not the so-called 'Moderate Calvinism' which then attempts to be played off as a true expression of Calvinism. Post-Reformation Calvinism was explained in clarity by the Westminster Divines and solidified in the Westminster Confession of Faith. This Confession would not agree with the 'Moderate Calvinism' of recent history for it essentially is not Calvinism. I applaud White for his clarity on this area.

Dave Hunt, on the other hand, raises the common theological disagreements with Calvinistic theology and exegesis, and more importantly, the philosophical problems with Calvinism. However, I certainly wish Hunt would have spent more time on each area just mentioned, especially the philosophical dynamic. Hunt is not thorough enough in any of these areas. He engages more in the historical issues of the lives and legacies of Augustine and Calvin than essentially responding to White. Hunt spends too much time with emotional arguments that lack stronger substance. Though not a Calvinist, I feel these criticisms of Hunt are justified.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not a fair debate May 5, 2010
The premise of this book is interesting: Two prominent Christian authors, who have very different theological views, publishing a book together in an attempt to clearly articulate the opposing sides of the age old debate about the system of soteriology (the doctrine of salvation) known as "Calvinism". The book is presented as a written-word formal debate, where each author writes half the book. Each point is presented, followed by a response, a defense, and closing remarks from each writer. The debate was over what Calvinists call the "doctrines of grace", known by the acronym TULIP: Total depravity, Unconditional election, Limited atonement, Irresistible grace, and Perseverance of the saints.

White presents the Calvinist viewpoint, while Hunt represents an (though certainly not the only) opposing view. From a debating standpoint, the two were not a good match. White is by far the stronger debater, as Hunt rarely (if ever) responds directly to White's points. Regardless of one's personal views of Calvinism, I believe an objective judge of debates would have to award the "win" to White.

That being said, my personal views on soteriology were neither changed nor strengthened by this debate. I can't say that I recommend the book, though White's explanations of the five points of Calvinism are a good introduction to the doctrines of grace for someone who may never have given them consideration.
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32 of 41 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Synergistic April 2, 2004
White offers a narrow but deep argument for his position and careful rebuttle of select points. Hunt offers a more shallow argument but in doing so touches on many points. It's my opinion that Hunt entered into this debate with a preconception of Calvinism which is inaccurate and as a result spends much of his time striking at charictatures. White draws attention to this but time and again the Arminian perspective attacks points that never emerge from the Calvinist camp.
Regardless, Hunt and White have produced a work that is entertaining and yet informative. Hunt's view on freewill is interesting though he does not, in my opinion make a very strong case for it. White presents the classical Calvinist doctrins with equal zeal.
Unintended is that this book gives you a debate to study. Argumentation developes, is struck down, rebuilt and the reader appealed to directly to consider the argumentation methods of the opponent. This synergy of the two authors gives this book unique appeal in my eyes.
Of course, everyone want's to know "who won," to which I believe it is White. I think that Hunt's breadth of argumentation robbed him of any depth and so if there was a solid argument to be established, it was never realized. While Hunt's rehtoric might be more appealing it does not contain White who repeatedly topples core arguments of his opponent and is allowed to retain most/all of his own core arguments.
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Published 5 months ago by Lynn
4.0 out of 5 stars Able, Unkind Debate
James White is the Calvinist. Dave Hunt is the non-Calvinist. Mr. Hunt is anxious to declare that this does not mean he is an Arminian (p. 412.) In the first part of the book Mr. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Gaboora
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Published 7 months ago by Stanislav S Branovacki
4.0 out of 5 stars This Book Was An Interesting Read
I found this book interesting in that, while Mr. White clearly and concisely defends the "Calvinist" position very thoroughly, there seemed to be a few places that his... Read more
Published 14 months ago by D. Gilbert
5.0 out of 5 stars I'd like to thank both authors for convincing me to become a...
I read this book several years ago and am considering getting it for my Kindle. One thing that has always struck me about it is that I was just as convinced of Calvinism by Dave... Read more
Published 15 months ago by RBB
5.0 out of 5 stars Helpful book to explore the ongoing debate from two capabile debators...
I've already made up my mind for the most part on this subject and the book didn't change my mind, but it did help me to see more clearly why each side holds their views. Read more
Published 15 months ago by raqune
4.0 out of 5 stars This is a fascinating, yet exasperating book
This is a fascinating, yet exasperating book – and it is probably so fascinating because it is exasperating and not due to its actual content. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Gene Rhea Tucker
5.0 out of 5 stars Thanks for opening my eyes to the REAL GOD of the BIBLE!
This author seems to be the best contender of calvinism. He exposes the false calvinist doctrinal system by pure scripture, revealing the true character of GOD.
Published on February 11, 2013 by R.A.
3.0 out of 5 stars Some informative material
A bit lopsided - the Calvinist proponent seems to be more deeply informed than Hunt - however, both make some good points. Read more
Published on December 19, 2012 by Suzanne K Harris
1.0 out of 5 stars Kindle Version - Content Eclipsed by Shoddy Transcription
When I pay nearly $19.00 for a Kindle publication I expect to receive a work that is relatively free of typos and grammatical errors! Read more
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