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By reducing the discussion of Calvinism and the doctrines of grace to the simplified acrostic T-U-L-I-P, I'm afraid we have generated far more heat than light. A book that looks deeply within, behind and around the five points of Calvinism is long overdue. Whether you find yourself saying "Yea" or "Nay" to the five points, we all need to say thank you to Dr. Barrett for his delightful, informative and light-generating book. -Stephen J. Nichols, Research Professor of Christianity and Culture, Lancaster Bible College, Lancaster, Pennsylvania


Wow! I really like this book. Matthew Barrett has given us history, theology, ministerial counsel and impetus to true piety in this treatment of the Synod and Canons of Dort. The brief but vibrant historical accounts are informative, his guidance in some thick theological discussion is expert, and his focus on piety leads us to the true purpose of all theology--the production of a sincere and pure devotion to Christ. Dr. Barrett's continual insistence on the necessity of monergism for a truly biblical grasp of the character of salvation from beginning to end is a much needed emphasis for contemporary evangelicalism. The appendices provide valuable source material. This is an excellent account of a vitally important subject. -Tom J. Nettles, Professor of Historical Theology, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, Kentucky


Matthew Barrett offers a wonderfully simple and direct exposition of one of the more misunderstood confessions of faith. The Canons of Dort are often vilified, but under closer examination Barrett demonstrates that they are biblical and pastoral and a potent tonic for a flagging faith. Tolle et lege, take up and read! -J.V. Fesko, Academic Dean, Professor of Systematic and Historical Theology, Westminster Seminary California


Matthew Barrett has given us a thoroughly enjoyable introduction to and review of the history and the source documents of the Calvinist-Arminian debate. And with that he has given us a vivid reminder that a right understanding of these doctrines--in themselves considered and in the minds of the framers of the Canons of Dort--is indispensable to Christian worship and devotion. Highly recommended. --Fred G. Zaspel, Pastor, Reformed Baptist Church; Professor of Systematic Theology, Calvary Baptist Seminary, Lansdale, Pennsylvania


Christians speak freely and often about the Canons of Dort and the international synod of 1618-1619 which produced them without really knowing much about either. Matthew Barnett's The Grace of Godliness will do much to remedy this lamentable situation. In a very accessible manner, referring to a number of important background documents, Barrett provides the historical context of the Synod of Dort. He also makes a solid case that the Canons themselves are filled with careful biblical reflection, wise pastoral application and exhortations to a warm and genuine Christian piety. Dort's stalwart defense of divine monergism in the salvation of sinners does not produce a fear of God, lack of assurance of one's salvation or indifference to good works--as critics often charge. When read and understood, the Canons of Dort present the so-called doctrines of grace as the foundation for a believer's confidence in God's mercy and, as the consequence, the basis for a life of gratitude. -Kim Riddlebarger, Senior Pastor, Christ Reformed Church (URCNA), Anaheim, California; co-host of the White Horse Inn radio broadcast


Matthew Barrett has produced an excellent and much-needed treatment of the intimate connection between the Canons of Dort and vibrant Christian piety. Whatever the readers' attitude toward those canons, this book will reward them with greater understanding and appreciation of the spiritual richness and practical value of Reformed theology. I highly recommend it. -Steven B. Cowan, Associate Professor of Christian Studies, Louisiana College, Pineville, Louisiana


By breathing new life into historic events, documents and people, Matthew makes them speak to our culture, our churches and our hearts. -David P. Murray, Professor of Old Testament and Practical Theology, Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary, Grand Rapids, Michigan

About the Author

Matthew Barrett (PhD, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) is Assistant Professor of Christian Studies at California Baptist University, as well as the founder and executive editor of Credo Magazine (credomag.com). He is also Senior Pastor of Fellowship Baptist Church in Riverside, CA.

He is the author and editor of numerous books such as Salvation by Grace: The Case for Effectual Calling and Regeneration, Owen on the Christian Life, Four Views on the Historical Adam (Zondervan's Counterpoints: Bible and Theology), and God's Word Alone: The Authority of Scripture. He is the author of several other forthcoming books, which you can read about at matthewmbarrett.com.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 228 pages
  • Publisher: Joshua Press (April 22, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1894400526
  • ISBN-13: 978-1894400527
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,799,355 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Matthew Barrett (PhD, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) is Assistant Professor of Christian Studies at California Baptist University, as well as the founder and executive editor of Credo Magazine (credomag.com). He is also Senior Pastor of Fellowship Baptist Church in Riverside, CA.

He is the author and editor of numerous books such as "Salvation by Grace: The Case for Effectual Calling and Regeneration," "Owen on the Christian Life," "Four Views on the Historical Adam" (Zondervan's Counterpoints: Bible and Theology), and "God's Word Alone: The Authority of Scripture." He is the author of several other forthcoming books, which you can read about at matthewmbarrett.com.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jaime A. Delcastillo on September 5, 2013
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I think this book is very helpful in showing us the reality of the five points of calvinism,it shows us how does it affect our personal view of God and his character.It is a must for whoever wants to understand deeper the doctrines of grace and to see the practical applications in our lives.
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