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Defense of Calvinism Paperback – June 1, 2008
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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.
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!
In fairness we need to remember that this was the style of the day, and I suspect it was much better received in its day than it appears in today's very clinical settings. The modern reader - like me - might find it a bit thin based on scriptural or logical evaluation.
Over all, however, it is a pleasant read. Even if it is unlikely to convince a dedicated Arminian.
That was not my final reading of this short book. It was a rare treat.