- Paperback: 264 pages
- Publisher: Wipf & Stock Pub (March 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1579102379
- ISBN-13: 978-1579102371
- Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.6 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #783,119 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Grace Unlimited Paperback – April 20, 1999
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About the Author
Clark H. Pinnock (1937-2010) was professor emeritus of systematic theology at McMaster Divinity College in Hamilton, Ontario. He received his PhD from the University of Manchester and authored or edited eighteen books, including "Most Moved Mover".
Top Customer Reviews
I do not agree with the last reviewer that this book does not represent a scholarly work. Although its language is not as technical as Gordon Clark's or other Reformed theologians works on election, the book is a good add to the theological debate. Further, this edited work by Clark Pinnock represents his "pre-Open theory" days and does not represent his views today. That is important because many Reformed theologians would simply ignore GRACE UNLIMITED simply because of Pinnock's name.
I would urge both sides to read this book and allow grace, truth, and love guide the true disciples of Christ over issues that sometimes can be quite confusing such as the extent of the atonement of our Lord Jesus Christ.
"Grace Unlimited" is a precursor to the later work, "The Grace of God and the Will of Man," also edited by Clark Pinnock. Though GU is a shorter book, it is in one way better--it has no material on the "free will theism" point of view. Overall, this work is highly recommended.
(Much later note: for a revised and updated version of GU that is a big improvement, see "Grace for All: The Arminian Dynamics of Salvation," edited by Pinnock and Wagner.)
David J. A. Clines, a lecturer in the University of Sheffield, England, has written chapter six of the book, which deals with Predestination in the Old Testament. Clines warns at the outset that "we may not have the correct focus, "and that we must "look at the biblical teaching as a whole." The problem is that Clines does not follow his own advice. He begins with Abraham instead of Gen. 1:1, returning to Genesis only late in the chapter. Then he skips to Proverbs, and proceeds to skip from Exodus to Psalms! He has nothing, or almost nothing, on Job or Psalms, nor on Exodus to Ruth, nor on Ezekiel, even though these omitted portions of the OT contain much that flatly contradicts Pinnock's thesis for the book.
Other severe errors:
On page 263 Clines says that the Stoics shared an "atomistic-deterministic worldview." But the truth is that the Stoics were not atomists.
Page 200 says that "'L'homme' [by Descartes] was the first physiological model of man in modern times." Nope. Descartes was not a mechanist, as he held that "the volition of the soul could violate physical law..." [See Gordon Clark's Predestination, p. 153, note 1]
Clines implies on page 207 in note 10 that Democritean physics and classical physics are the same thing. Not so, as Democritean physics was not accepted by Plato, Aristotle, the Stoics, and even the Epicureans.
Two other authors make similarly glaring errors when they should know better.Read more ›