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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 800 pages
  • Publisher: Vance Publications; Revised edition (August 5, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0962889873
  • ISBN-13: 978-0962889875
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.1 x 2.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #263,904 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Even Calvinists will find this book informative and challenging, as I did--Bob Dasal. -- Pulpit Helps (January, 2000)

I recommend this book as a super resource on the issue of Calvinism--Robert Wilkin, editor. -- Journal of the Grace Evangelical Society (Fall, 2001)

Meets Calvinism head on, asking no quarter and giving none. We highly recommend this very unusual and usable book. -- The Flaming Torch (April-June, 1992)

The author is to be commended for tackling this difficult issue. -- Baptist Bible Tribune (November 6, 1991)

We recommend it as a valuable contribution to such works already in print--Curtis Hutson, editor. --The Sword of the Lord (February 12, 1993)

About the Author

Laurence M. Vance is an author, a publisher, a lecturer, a freelance writer, the editor of the Classic Reprints series, and the director of the Francis Wayland Institute. He holds degrees in history, theology, accounting, and economics. The author of twenty-three books, he has contributed over 500 articles and book reviews to both secular and religious periodicals. Vance's writings have appeared in a diverse group of publications including the Ancient Baptist Journal, Bible Editions & Versions, Campaign for Liberty, LewRockwell.com, the Independent Review, the Free Market, Liberty, Chronicles, the Journal of Libertarian Studies, the Journal of the Grace Evangelical Society, the Review of Biblical Literature, Freedom Daily, and the New American. His writing interests include economics, taxation, politics, government spending and corruption, theology, English Bible history, Greek grammar, and the folly of war. He is a regular columnist, blogger, and book reviewer for LewRockwell.com, and writes a column for the Future of Freedom Foundation. Vance is a member of the Society of Biblical Literature, the Grace Evangelical Society, and the International Society of Bible Collectors, and is a policy adviser of the Future of Freedom Foundation and an associated scholar of the Ludwig von Mises Institute.

More About the Author

Laurence M. Vance is an author, a publisher, a lecturer, a freelance writer, the editor of the Classic Reprints series, and the director of the Francis Wayland Institute. He holds degrees in history, theology, accounting, and economics. The author of twenty-three books, he has contributed over 500 articles and book reviews to both secular and religious periodicals.

Vance's writings have appeared in a diverse group of publications including the Ancient Baptist Journal, Bible Editions & Versions, Campaign for Liberty, LewRockwell.com, the Independent Review, the Free Market, Liberty, Chronicles, the Journal of Libertarian Studies, the Journal of the Grace Evangelical Society, the Review of Biblical Literature, Freedom Daily, and the New American. His writing interests include economics, taxation, politics, government spending and corruption, theology, English Bible history, Greek grammar, and the folly of war. He is a regular columnist, blogger, and book reviewer for LewRockwell.com, and writes a column for the Future of Freedom Foundation.

Vance is a member of the Society of Biblical Literature, the Grace Evangelical Society, and the International Society of Bible Collectors, and is a policy adviser of the Future of Freedom Foundation and an associated scholar of the Ludwig von Mises Institute.

Customer Reviews

As for his review of each of the 5 points, Dr. Vance was very fair in his treatment of the Calvinist arguments.
Jason Usry
Second, being one who believes in election, I have to say that a god who does not have control over everything they create is not a god at all.
ER
This book is EXHAUSTIVE, covering every relevant nuance and detail of both the history of the conflict as well as the Biblical angle.
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33 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Brandon Staggs on January 21, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Vance's book is a thorough refutation of the doctrinal system called Calvinism. If your authority is Scripture, not some one's man-made system, this book will show you without a doubt that the doctrines of limited atonement, irresistible grace, and total inability are simply incompatible with the Bible and turn Jesus Christ into a disingenuous speaker of Clintonian proportions.

The protestations by Calvinists that Vance and other authors "misrepresent Calvinism" are simply laughable. One of the reasons that Vance's book is such a massive tome is because he spends so much paper letting the Calvinists speak for themselves.

That we have enough different Calvinist apologetics books to create a new continent in the Pacific is evidence enough that something seriously lacks in the "logic box" of John Calvin's mind. Vance does an admirable job distilling Calvinist positions down to a readable quantity without distorting their positions. And I should know -- I was once a hard-line Calvinist.

Complaints that all refutations of Calvinism inherently distort Calvinism ring just as hollow as the same exact arguments by evolutionists who complain that anyone denying evolution doesn't understand it.

Don't let the negative reviews persuade you to ignore this book. Read it.
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47 of 61 people found the following review helpful By Andrew C. Livengood, Sr. on December 11, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Laurence M. Vance has gone to considerable lengths to present a historically accurate, well documented account of the sustainers and retractors of Calvinism, the events that led up to its being accepted as the 'standard' it has become over the centuries, and his own understanding as to how this all plays out in the light of Scripture. Unlike most other works of its kind, in 'The Other Side of Calvinism' Dr. Vance quotes a vast number of supporters of Calvinism - including John Calvin himself - and utilizes their own words to bolster and enforce his counter-points. To this end Dr. Vance also succeeds in conveying to the reader that there exists much confusion among the Calvinist rank and file. As noted within the book, this fact is not without its import.
A down-to-earth writing style, exhaustive endnotes, Scriptural references, and large appendices do much to secure the reader and encourages one to recognize that this is a work that expects personal conclusions to be based upon a process of reasoning and Biblical validation, not general presumption. Dr. Vance takes nothing for granted in presenting the comparison of his views to those of Calvinism and its supporters.
Whether one upholds the system or not, 'The Other Side of Calvinism' will undoubtedly leave the majority of its readers challenged and well informed.
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80 of 107 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 20, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I had some questions about predestination and got some books by RC Sproul from our church library. After reading them, I was fairly convinced of the rightness of Reformed theology when a Baptist friend loaned me this book by Dr. Vance.
There is simply no way I can express my thanks to Dr. Vance. I know now for certain that Calvinism is a man made doctrine. Dr. Vance not only analyzes Calvinism from a Biblical perspective, but also from a historic perspective. It comes up short in both areas.
Another reviewer said that Dr. Vance doesn't know theology. I don't know about that, but he sure knows the Bible! This book is saturated with Biblical references. Every argument is supported by scripture upon scripture. I often thought Sproul took some leaps in logic when he discussed scripture such as "whosoever will" and the like. Dr. Vance, on the other hand, seems content to "let God be true, and every man a liar."
I have a Ph.D. in history and I was pleased to find Dr. Vance so careful and meticulous in his references. I only wish he could have taken the time to provide an annotated bibliography rather than just a cursory list of references which goes on for page after page.
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98 of 133 people found the following review helpful By Michael T. on March 3, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Dr. Vance gets 5 stars for this important work.
I was once an ardent Calvinist -- supralapsarian, no air, die-hard John Gill-style predestinarian. I heard the logic of the 5 points over and over again and was ready for any objection from the irrational fool who would dare challenge the system. Eventually I saw some cracks in the system not only when held up to the light of Scripture but also as I observed that members of the 5-point community displayed some of the most intolerant and rancorous behavior one could imagine as they attacked one another in various media - especially the Internet.
I frequently participated in food fights among the Calvinistic "brethren" over the web which included charges of "antinomian," "heretic," "apostate," "romanist," as reconstructionists, covenantors, various reformed groups, sovereign gracers, Amyraldians(the real heretics) lashed out to defend the purity of their own calvinistic stances. Almost all arguments boiled down to "my interpretation of the Doctrines of Grace is better than yours,"...believe it, the level of ego casualty in the 5-point clique is beyond measure.
Later, I came across this book titled "The Other Side of Calvinism" and decided to investigate it so I could blast the heretic who would dare challenge the citadel of Calvinism. The book is sourced from thousands of statements by Calvinists as the author examines the validity of the teachers and tenents of this philosophical system. In a thorough and convincing manner, this book shows the the conclusion is a resounding "unbiblical" and it has the Calvinist community hopping mad. I see lots of "poison the well" comments and name calling in the book reviews from my old fraternity but they cannot escape the facts.
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