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Douglas Wilson is pastor of Christ Church, Moscow, Idaho and editor of Credenda/Agenda magazine. He is the author of Recovering the Lost Tools of Learning, Reforming Marriage, and Her Hand In Marriage.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Canon Press; 1 edition (October 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1885767307
  • ISBN-13: 978-1885767301
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #81,889 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Douglas Wilson is the minister of Christ Church in Moscow, Idaho, which is a member of the Communion of Reformed Evangelical Churches (CREC). After his stint in the submarine service of the U.S. Navy, he attended the University of Idaho, where he obtained an MA in philosophy.

As one of its founders, he has served on the board of Logos School, a classical and Christian school (K-12), since its inception. He is also a Senior Fellow of theology at New St. Andrews College. He is the author of numerous books, including Reforming Marriage, The Case for Classical Christian Education, Letter from a Christian Citizen, and Blackthorn Winter. He is also the general editor for the Omnibus textbook series. His blog can be found at www.dougwils.com.

All his favorite authors begin their names with initials--C.S. Lewis, G.K. Chesterton, H.L. Mencken, J.R.R. Tolkien, N.D. Wilson, and P.G. Wodehouse. The one exception is Nancy Wilson, a favorite author to whom he has been married for over thirty-four years. They have three children and fifteen grandchildren.

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Douglas Wilson may be the most articulate of all the current defenders of Reformed theology writing today. Not since I read John Gerstner's all but unanswerable "Predestination Primer" (available in "Primitive Theology: The Collected Primers of John H. Gerstner") have I run across a comparable defense of the Augustinian (or Calvinist, though I truly believe that it is simply the Biblical) sytem of belief. Indeed, superb as Gerstner was, Wilson's imagined dialogue may be the more effective presentation. I cannot recommend this too highly. Ironically enough it is the ideal antidote to such slipshod exercises in sophistry as Gregory Boyd's "God of the Possible". Wilson will probably never have the rapturous following that some Christian thinkers have because A) He makes it look easy (It takes a superior intelligence to take topics this weighty and make them so clear) and B) People will reject what he is saying, not because it is false, or illogical, or unBiblical; they will reject it because they don't like what he says. The Rev. Wilson finds himself in enviable company there. All Christians should read this excellent book.
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Arminianism is like a head cold: you can catch it without knowing it, but you can't get rid of it without a fight. The average Christian finds much comfort in the tenents of Arminianism (God is manageable, sin is not the incapacitating force the Bible says it is, I can "help" God with my salvation and sanctification, etc) but little biblical support. Because Arminianism as a system tends to promote fuzzy thinking and an impervious resistance to logic or systematic theology, it is a most difficult foe to vanquish. Fortunately, Doug Wilson has delivered a death blow in shirtsleeve English. Recording the conversation of a Calvinist pastor and a recovering Arminian, Wilson gently demolishes all the errors of the Arminian system in an engaging style. All Calvinists should read this book in order to learn to present the truths of the Bible in a clear and attractive manner. All Arminians should read this book in order to learn the truth.
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A young man has questions about "eternal security" or "once saved - always saved", and he goes to visit an older Reformed minister to get some answers. They decide to meet on a regular basis and the young man would bring questions to discuss. Over the course of the discussions they end up covering the essentials of the Reformed faith.
Because of the non-threatening but interesting way that Doug Wilson draws the reader into the dialogue, I use these as an "evangelistic tool". I've given out more of these books than I can count...with tremendous results!
This is a great way to approach an Arminian friend with the Reformed faith.
Moves fast. Easy to read. Interesting. Good story.
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This is the best resource I have ever found contrasting the distinctive differences between the Reformed and Armenian positions on security of the believer. It is engaging because it is done in a conversational manner, using ongoing discussions between a young man confused by his Armenian upbrining and a Reformed pastor. The literary style assists greatly in identifying not only the theological differences, but also the natural consequences of holding these theological positions. It's cheap, it's readable, and it's profound. One of the best 5 books I have ever read! All of Doug Wilson's writings are in this category. Read more by surfing the Credenda/ Agenda magazine website.
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This is a solid book. Doug Wilson explains many of the common questions about Calvinism and Reformed thinking (beginning, of course, by stating his reticence to use these terms) in an engaging, informative manner. I have read assorted other books on Calvinism, and Doug Wilson here answers some questions in ways I've never seen them answered before, and gives great analogies to help understand what he's talking about. The whole book is written in a dialogue format, which makes for an occasionally stilted read (there are only so many ways a character can say "I see" or "I don't understand" before it gets kind of old). But overall, I think the format works great, illustrating how down-to-earth these principles are, and following the natural logic when thinking through these things. It's a stellar book.
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I have been a Christian most of my life, but recently my eyes were opened to see that I had been worshipping a God according to my liking. When faced with the tough issues of the exhaustive sovereignty of God, I had lots of questions. This book, written in conversation form, chronicles the quest of a young man with those same questions. How refreshing and encouraging to see I was not alone, and to get the Bible-based answers to questions like, Is God the author of sin? Does God harden mens' hearts and still hold them accountable for their actions? If God is not willing that any should perish, why does He not choose us all? I highly recommend this easy-to-read book and plan to pass it along to friends.
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An engaging conversation between a young student following his natural inclinations and an apt teacher following the revealed Word of God. The Word of God wins in the end (as always), and the reader is left with a certain satisfaction that he has just completed a book of profound proportion. For a clear defense of God's sovereign grace a more concise book does not exist. Save yourself some time and read this jewel first before delving into multi-volume works of similar content.
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