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The Reformed Doctrine of Predestination Paperback – April 15, 1991
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About the Author
Boettner is a graduate of Princeton Theological Seminary (Th.B., 1928; Th.M, 1929), where he studied systematic theology under Dr. C. W. Hodge. In 1933 he received the Doctor of Divinity, and in 1957 the Doctor of Literature. He taught the Bible for eight years at Pikeville College (Kentucky). His books include The Reformed Doctrine of Predestination (1932), Studies in Theology (1947), Immortality (1956) and Roman Catholicism (1962).
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I note that, although the copyright date is 1932, the book has clearly seen some revision since that date, as it contains references to events from the 1950s and 1960s. The date of revision is not indicated on the copyright page.
My only complaint with the book is the poor print quality. Five stars for the content, minus one for the print quality.
He also gives a history on John Calvin, and the effect Calvinism has had on places where it was believed.
Overall great book. It will probably serve as a reference for me later on.
The reason I didn't give the book five stars is many. The book is unabashedly supportive of Calvinism and the Presbyterian church in particular. He is not a thorough exegete like John Owen, so he gives more a general overview and does not get into the details of the arguments. I don't think he addresses the objections as thoroughly as he should. Another point, since I don't believe in Amillennialism so some of his arguments fall flat. The book paints Calvinism in history in broad strokes. He writes a nice, short summary of Calvin's life. He even has a short defense of Calvin for his part in the Servetus trial. However, his history of Calvinism makes Calvinism the driving force of the American Revolution and all that is good in the world. It may be so, but I don't think he proves his thesis and it may be impossible to prove it in a one small volume.
In summary, the book is an excellent introduction to the Reformed faith. The writing is easy to read and the arguments are pretty easy to follow. He tries to be fair to his enemies and it is a very positive book. The history is the weakest part of the book, but even that has some good sections in it. This book may not convince a true Arminian, but it does present the doctrines in a clear manner. He helped me understand limited atonement better than anyone else, and I think he does a very good job with the other 4 points.