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By James R White - Potter's Freedom, The (Revised edition) (11/24/07) Paperback – November 24, 2007
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My only criticism of this book is that it's essentially a debate with Norman Geisler and his book, 'Chosen but Free'. The book constantly makes reference to CBF and presents arguments that refute Geisler's writing. My issue is that I'm not interested in this debate. I've never read Geisler's book, and never intend to, so for me this book is somewhat like listening to one side of a phone conversation. I will say that I am very familiar with Arminian (synergistic) teaching, so I'm not in the dark regarding what James is arguing against in general, and appreciate to a degree how James confronts synergistic teaching, but a good deal of this book is pointed directly at Geisler's writing which to some extent makes me feel like I need to read Geisler to get all the context. No thank you.
That said, the major points of Calvinism are taught in the book, but you have to fish around for them (or look them up in the back of the book). I give the Calvinistic content 5 stars, but as a person who's not interested in the CBF debate, and don't want to read CBF, it's not a good fit, I give it 3 stars, so I'll compromise at 4.
Personally I would prefer a version of the book that would focus on the controversial bible texts of Grace, and the task of teaching Calvinism alone without the refutation of some external writing. The book would be much smaller, and more useful as a reference to me personally.
I realize that many of James White's books are answers to, or debates with heresies, and I appreciate him in that way, but those books are probable better for someone else, and for me to get this information elsewhere because I'm not really interesting in having to 'sift' for the information. Maybe I should get out my scissors.