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This World Is Not My Home: The Origins and Development of Dispensationalism Paperback – September 21, 2003

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"not a book about what was, but about what is still the instinctive, reflexive presumption of much popular Christianity." ~ Bryan Chapell (Pastor, Grace Presbyterian Church, Peoria, Illinois )

"dispensationalist writers treated fully and fairly... Williams is particularly astute on the difficulties encountered in attempting to apply a 'literal hermeneutic' consistently in their theologies. This book deserves the kind of sober and serious attention it has devoted to its subject." ~ Mark A. Noll (Francis A. McAnaney Professor of History, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, Indiana)

"This is a superior work probably most helpful to those who have experience of traditional Dispensationalist and who are keen to think through its implications outside the realm of Bible interpretation and theology." ~ Crawford Gribben, Evangelical Times,

"The usefulness of this book extends beyond its historical study to the way it highlights hermeneutical issues that are always with us." ~ Naomi Richardson, The Reformed Theological Review

About the Author

Michael D. Williams is Professor of Systematic Theology at Covenant Theological Seminary, St Louis, Missouri. He holds degrees from the Moody Bible Institute, Calvin College, Harvard Divinity School, Grand Rapids Baptist Seminary and University of Toronto. An adult convert to the Christian faith, Dr. Williams has written particularly in the areas of the nature of theology and theological method, history, and human sexuality.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Mentor (September 21, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1857928741
  • ISBN-13: 978-1857928747
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 5.6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.7 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,242,029 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By David A. Vosseller on October 9, 2003
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Dr. Michael Williams has waded through the many writings of Chafer, Scofield, and Ryrie, to examine the origins of the Dispensationalist mindset that still impacts the majority of American churches today. Williams is excellent at analyzing and critiquing (but never harshly) this theology, and in laying out all the implications of their system. He is charitable - always trying to give these men the benefit of the doubt when it comes to their motives and intentions, which he believes were good. But he is clear at holding up their conclusions against the Biblical data, and showing how they fall short. It can be a little dry at times, but overall, I would highly recommend this book to anyone who is interested in why vast numbers of Christians in America have had so little impact on the culture over the last 100 years. Read this book, and you will understand, as R.C. Sproul would say, "that ideas have consequences".
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Best book on dispensationalism. Too bad its out of print now. Its incredibly helpful, extremely well-researched, and somewhat charitable towards dispensationalists despite heartily disagreeing.
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Every Christian in America should read this book - it explains well where the church got some of its popular, but misguided, ideas.
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