The tensions between Calvinism and Arminianism have perpetuated Christian thought for some 500 years. The concerns from both parties are legitimate. Calvinists are often accused of fatalism along with holding to a troubling view of double-predestination. Arminians are often accused of holding to a human-centered view of salvation that robs God of glory while championing human ability. Could it be that many of the tensions between Calvinists and Arminians are sourced in an often-overlooked issue--monergism and synergism? Could the same be said regarding Protestantism and Roman Catholicism concerning justification? In this volume, Daniel Kirkpatrick explores the specific roles of God and humans in various aspects of salvation to determine whether salvation is a work between God and a person (synergism) or a work of God alone (monergism). Building upon the framework of Aquinas, the Reformers, and Arminians, this book examines the issue of who does the work of salvation in light of cause and effect with hopes of providing new insights on historic doctrines. ""Kirkpatrick's approach to this thorny theological question clears the brush away so that the substantive dialogue can ensue. Kirkpatrick has a way with sorting the material so that a complex issue has multiple access points. His ability to address a systematic question with a lively use of historical sources is insightful. His assertion for monergism is well-sustained."" -- Jason K. Lee, Dean and Professor, Cedarville University ""Through this critical account of the core theological elements of soteriology, the author offers a carefully argued contribution to an often-heated debate. This book will be of great value to thinking Christians of all theological persuasion and especially as a resource for further research."" --Graham Watts, Senior Research Fellow, Spurgeon's College Daniel Kirkpatrick (PhD University of Wales) is Assistant Professor and Chair of Christian Studies at the University of the Southwest. n
Monergism or Synergism was published by Pickwick Publications in January 2018. The ISBN for Monergism or Synergism is 9781532630101.