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Killing Calvinism: How to Destroy a Perfectly Good Theology from the Inside [Kindle Edition]

Greg Dutcher
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Something wonderful is happening in Western Evangelicalism. A resurgence of Calvinism is changing lives, transforming churches, and spreading the gospel. The books are great, the sermons are life-changing, the music is inspirational, and the conferences are astonishing. Will this continue or will we, who are part of it all, end up destroying it?

That depends on how we live the message.

As "insiders" of the Calvinist resurgence, there are at least eight ways we can mess everything up.

-By loving calvinism as an end in itself
-By becoming theologians instead of disciples
-By loving God’s sovereignty more than
God himself
-By losing an urgency in evangelism
-By refusing to learn from non-Calvinists
-By tidying up the Bible’s “loose ends”
-By being a bunch of arrogant know-it-alls
-By scoffing at the emotional hang-ups others have
with Calvinism


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About the Author

Greg Dutcher (M.Div., Biblical Theological Seminary) pastored an Evangelical Free Church in Catonsville, Maryland for six years before sensing a call to plant Christ Fellowship Church in Harford County, Maryland. He has served as Senior Minister of Christ Fellowship since its inception in 2003. He is the author of You Are the Treasure That I Seek: But There's a Lot of Cool Stuff Out There, Lord (2009), and Living Free in Enemy Territory: Christ's Triumph over Satan (2011). Greg and his wife, Lisa, have four children.

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  • File Size: 281 KB
  • Print Length: 122 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1936760533
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  • Publisher: Cruciform Press (June 1, 2012)
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  • Language: English
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73 of 76 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Only One Disappointment June 14, 2012
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I am not a seminary student, deacon, or pastor. I haven't even read The Institutes of the Christian Religion by Calvin himself. I am in fact a stay at home mom with four children and I love to read. As a relatively young Christian almost 20 years ago, through personal study of the book of Romans and after just a few chapters into my little purple hardback copy of Sproul's "Chosen By God", I embraced what is known as Calvinism.

While I have read and enjoyed all of Greg Dutcher's books, "Killing Calvinism" is my favorite.

Dutcher has a personal style of writing; an unusual style that makes you feel as if you are sitting across from him sharing a conversation at a local Starbucks. Deeply immersed in Scripture, yet filled with personal examples of his own sinful responses towards others, Killing Calvinism forced me to evaluate my own attitude (outward and inward) toward others who love Jesus but hold to different views than my own. I particularly appreciated the prayers at the end of each chapter and found myself using them as a tool to take the first step to put into practice the very truth I was being confronted with. I prayed the words of the author and continued beyond with words that formed in my own heart, enjoying the freedom and renewed hope that comes through repentance.

The only disappointment I have is that I wish a book like this was written 15 years ago. It certainly would have been a great help to me and my zealous comrades, who out of pride and ignorance, killed Calvinism for several years.

But the temptation is still there.

That's why this is such an important work.
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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Common Temptations of Calvinists June 25, 2012
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I should probably start this review by mentioning that I'm not a Calvinist. However, I don't land in the Arminian camp either, though that often seems to be the catch-all category for non-Calvinists in the Calvinist mind. I do believe that God is solely responsible for any man's salvation, but I also believe that man is solely responsible for his own condemnation by rejecting Christ. If I had to describe my theological position, I agree with about 90% of what Dr. Kenneth Keathley has to say in his book SALVATION AND SOVEREIGNTY. All that is really to say that I read KILLING CALVINISM by Greg Dutcher as a non-Calvinist who cares deeply about the interaction between Calvinists and non-Calvinists and the picture of God that is portrayed to a world that desperately needs him.

KILLING CALVINISM: HOW TO DESTROY A PERFECTLY GOOD THEOLOGY FROM THE INSIDE is a call for Calvinists to examine the common temptations that Calvinists can fall into that might cause people to be shut off to Calvinism. What I love about this book is that it was written by a Calvinist who was humble enough to acknowledge the shortcomings that those in the Calvinist camp often fall into. The specific ways that Dutcher mentions that Calvinists often kill their theological system were no surprise to me because I've witnessed every one of them in Calvinists I've known. But what's great about KILLING CALVINISM is that Dutcher, as a Calvinist, has a heart to help other Calvinists be aware of the temptations they may face as Calvinists who are also fallen human beings, and his heart for this is about making sure the gospel is communicated freely and beautifully to a lost world without a theological system acting as a stumbling block on the path toward faith in Jesus.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This Book Kills It July 7, 2012
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Calvinism is on the upswing. So much so that it made Time Magazines list of 10 Ideas Changing the World Right Now. Calvinism is a big deal in the current climate of evangelicalism, whether you are for it or against it.

Greg Dutcher, is for it. Yet, he also warns that Calvinists could easily destroy this good theology from the inside. In his book, Killing Calvinism, Dutcher gives eight ways that Calvinists can throw on the brakes to this resurgence and kill a perfectly good theology. Here are his eight ways that Calvinists can destroy Calvinism

By loving Calvinism as an end in itself
By becoming theologians instead of disciples
By loving God's sovereignty more than God himself
By losing an urgency in evangelism
By refusing to learn from non-Calvinists
By tidying up the Bible's "loose ends"
By being a bunch of arrogant know-it-alls
By scoffing at the emotional hang-ups others have with Calvinism
These eight points serve as the eight chapters and fill the 120 pages of this little book. Dutcher argues each point forcefully and yet graciously. He writes as a former "caged-Calvinists" that has been re-captured by the sovereign grace that he adopted theologically.

My Take:

Honestly, I did not anticipate being deeply challenged by this book. Not that I'm not a Calvinist and not that I did not expect to agree with the book. Problem is I assumed that I would just nod my head with everything Dutcher said, promote it to a few newer Calvinists I know, and move on.

You see I too was once a caged-Calvinist but the Lord has mightily worked in my heart to humble me and help me to live and proclaim the sovereign grace that I theologically affirm.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great read
Published 3 months ago by BRG
5.0 out of 5 stars Attention: Calvinists
This book offers a very helpful guide to Calvinists as we interact with others who do not yet see this clear teaching in the Bible. Read more
Published 7 months ago by rbartlett13
5.0 out of 5 stars Great food for thought
This isn’t really a review, it’s more of a brief reflection. Dutcher has identified the weak underbelly of the Young, Restless, and Reformed stream of Christianity today. Read more
Published 7 months ago by C. H. Cobb
5.0 out of 5 stars Calvinists…listen up!
Calvinism was new to me as I grew up in strict arminian church where election and the thoughts of Luther, Calvin, Beza and Augustine were considered heresy. Read more
Published 8 months ago by DocTheology
5.0 out of 5 stars Insight into the motivations of a Calvinist
The Calvinist does often fit the stereotypes, know-it-all, arrogant, wanting to preach Calvinism over the Gospel, unwilling to hear other points of view, condemning, egotistical,... Read more
Published 8 months ago by dizerner
5.0 out of 5 stars Eye Opening
This book was so eye opening. I've been told before that Calvinists were arrogant and proud but I just never bought it, This book helped me see that I was both. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Shaun
2.0 out of 5 stars Too general
The author aims his points at either the very young, or the underinformed. Save your money; I'm sorry I bought it.
Published 11 months ago by Duane A. Dunham
5.0 out of 5 stars Whether Reformed or not, Read this book
Easy to read and great book on how Christians can destroy doctrines of the Bible. A must read for all Arminians and Calvinists
Published 12 months ago by Chris Land
5.0 out of 5 stars A good read
I wish I had read this when I realized I was Calvinistic in my theology. A lot of Greg's stories resemble my struggles. All new reformed theologians need to read this.
Published 12 months ago by BradBridgman
5.0 out of 5 stars A Book for Caged Calvinists (and Arminians too!)
I am slow at getting to this review. This book is not a massive book at all and in fact is a quick read. I suppose one could read it in just a couple of days at only 122 pages. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Seeking Disciple
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