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For Calvinism… Or Against Calvinism…

21 Jun

On the one hand-

Calvinist theology has been debated and promoted for centuries. But is it a theology that should last? Roger Olson suggests that “radical reformed theology,” also known as “high federal Calvinism,” holds an unwarranted place in our list of accepted theologies.  In Against Calvinism: Rescuing God’s Reputation from Radical Reformed Theology, readers will find scholarly arguments explaining why Calvinist theology is incorrect and how it affects God’s reputation. Olson draws on a variety of sources.

But on the other

Taking us beyond the caricatures, Michael Horton invites us to explore the teaching of Calvinism, also commonly known as Reformed theology, by showing us how it is biblical and God-centered, leading us to live our lives for the glory of God.

The folk at Zondervan have sent both for me to look at.  My review of Olson’s contribution is online here.  The review of Horton’s volume is uploaded here.

 
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Posted by on 21 Jun 2012 in Church History

 

8 responses to “For Calvinism… Or Against Calvinism…

  1. Chuck Grantham

    12 Jun 2012 at 1:35 pm

    I’ve actually seen both in a real live bookstore, which is scary in these days of fluff.

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  2. Acidri

    12 Jun 2012 at 3:38 pm

    Please write a review very fast!

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  3. Chuck Grantham

    14 Jun 2012 at 7:47 pm

    Well that was pretty fast. A page turner, eh?

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    • Jim

      14 Jun 2012 at 8:00 pm

      exceedingly

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  4. Acidri

    15 Jun 2012 at 6:56 am

    That was very quick indeed. okay, one down…and one to go!

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  5. Nick Norelli

    21 Jun 2012 at 7:53 am

    Horton does mention Zwingli once, on p. 54, but only to say that unconditional election is not unique to Calvin or his heirs. Zwingli’s name is one in a long list of others.

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    • Jim

      21 Jun 2012 at 8:03 am

      thanks. once… that’s like discussing computers and mentioning microsoft in a tiny footnote. my point still holds, i think, that in the key passage where horton talks about formative contributions to reformed theology, zwingli’s absence is inappropriate.

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  6. Acidri

    21 Jun 2012 at 9:04 am

    Zwingli’s contribution to church history is a glaring omission in many circles. But any theologian or scholar of theology and reformed theology at that will find it absolutely rewarding to study the works of the Zurich reformer. Probably his biggest contribution has led to him not being widely known…he constantly pointed to Christ (the Commander) and in so doing Christ increased while Zwingli decreased (so to speak).

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