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A Defence of Calvinism Paperback – February 1, 2010
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Know that this is indeed a "booklet". I read the whole thing in around an hour or so. Also, it is not technically an independent book but a collection of writings from Spurgeon's autobiography, so the "defense" is more of Spurgeon's reflections on his love for the doctrines of grace. So think of it more of a testimony than an attempt to change minds or defend a system.
That being said this is a fine booklet and a great resource for those who are curious about Calvinism or Spurgeon himself. Spurgeon is well known for his honest simplicity and he brings that blessing to this difficult subject matter in an excellent way. Definitely recommended!
For anyone curious about the doctrines that are part and parcel Calvinism this little pamphlet will do the job. It is further perfected by the loving hand Spurgeon applied to the writing. His reverence and love of holy scripture resonates with every word. Spurgeon had a knack for brevity and so it is with A Defence of Calvinism. Not a word to spare and nary one wasted. A Defence of Calvinism leaves the Arminians and the semi-Pelagians no place to hide. Spurgeon makes his case and does so from scripture (is there any other way?). Still believe that man has a hand in his salvation? Bet you won't after you read A Defence of Calvinism.
As sad as it is to say I have begun to wonder if Spurgeon wasn't the last of the theological titans the world will be blessed with. If there is a near second it would have to be R.C.Sproul in my humble opinion. This "five point" Calvinist highly recommends A Defence of Calvinism.
Potential buyers should understand that this is essentially a booklet; it is of a smaller size, and consists of excerpts from Spurgeon's writings elsewhere. A reader will probably navigate this in 30-45 minutes, perhaps less, but that does not discount the value of what this is. Do not expect a full Systematic Theology or an exceedingly in-depth look at the tenets of Calvinism. This is a brief testimony and explanation of Spurgeon's position on this key topic. If you or a friend were unsure of Spurgeon's strong feelings on Reform Theology, or simply wish to gain a few well-written points in defense of the same, you would certainly benefits from reading this short work.
It is justification by faith, without works.
It is God's sovereign grace that preordained the salvation of the elect in Christ Jesus.
It is "the immutability of my Father's affection".
"Ah! sir, the Lord must have loved me before I was born, or else He would not have seen anything in me to love afterwards." This God inspired belief is truly the best preservative from other lying doctrines you may hear.