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The Five Dilemmas of Calvinism Paperback – September 30, 2007
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Craig Brown battles misunderstandings that have dogged Calvinism for long years. In so doing, he provides apologetic help for Calvinists stymied by the misinformed questions of their Arminian friends. And, of course, he kindles light for those who have never considered alternatives to the Arminian system. --Foreword
A great primer on historic Calvinism. I have read through this book twice now, and am currently using it to teach my Sunday school class. Craig Brown has written clearly on several very difficult doctrines in an easily understandable fashion. I am gladly handing this out as a resource, and am grateful to be teaching through it. Most importantly, Brown lays a Scriptural foundation in each chapter that is irrefutable and contextually accurate. For all who have ever denied Calvinism, this is a great book to set the record straight on some of the most common misconceptions in the church today. --Ligonier Ministries Website
About the Author
Craig R. Brown holds a degree in business administration from Geneva College and is the president and CEO of Renaissance Nutrition, Inc. He has served as a ruling elder in both the Orthodox Presbyterian Church and the Presbyterian Church of America.
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- What are the "five points of Calvinism" and how do they differ from the Arminian view?
- What happens to babies who die?
- Why does God allow evil?
- If predestination is true, why bother to pray or evangelize?
- How can God be sovereign and humans still be responsible?
I must stress the "introduction" part of the title of my review. This book will not provide the most through or philosophically and theologically rigorous answer to these questions, but he will provide a good introductory answer. Many people will find this approach helpful; I really appreciated how the author avoided jargon and provided good, concise explanations that will be clear even to people without much background in theology.
With that said, this is a very good book to read, whether you're a new Calvinist, an Arminian who wants to understand Calvinism better (or is thinking about becoming a Calvinist), someone who just wants to understand the debate better, or even a non-Christian seeking to understand Christianity better. For that matter, it's good even for people who have been Calvinists for awhile; many people have a difficult time explaining and defending Calvinism to their Arminian and non-Christian friends and often have many of the misunderstandings this book covers themselves.
As I mentioned above, this book does not presuppose that you have much knowledge of theology in general or Calvinism in particular and dedicates the beginning of the book to explaining the basic tenants of Calvinism and contrasting it with the Arminian views. This doesn't mean that people who do have some of that background knowledge won't benefit, though.
This is an excellent and very thought-provoking work. It is very well grounded in Scripture and is beneficial for a wide variety of people. Strongly recommended.
to our fallen and finite hearts and minds.
Craig Brown approaches Calvinism with five common objections to its key tenets and
answers them one-by-one, simply and scripturally. At the same time, he also demonstrates
the interconnectivity of these tenets and how they stand together as a system of theology.
That he does this in a readable and engaging style is the main reason I offer the highest
recommendation for this work. I have given away several copies of this book. It is an effective
witnessing tool and valuable as personal devotional reading.
If you are struggling to comprehend the doctrines of Grace, or have embraced them
and wish to share with someone else, I highly recommend this book.
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