Ten myths about Calvinism Paperback
Recovering the breadth of the Reformed tradition
by Kenneth J. Stewart;
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Some key questions Stewart explores in this provocative, informative and thoroughly researched book:
Is the role reserved for John Calvin possibly exaggerated?
Are there improper, as well as proper uses of the doctrine of predestination?
To what extent is the popular acronym, T.U.L.I.P. a helpful device, and to what extent is it detrimental in encapsulating key doctrines?
Should the Calvinist position towards movements of spiritual renewal be one of support, or one of suspicion?
Didn't Calvinism more or less 'bring up the rear' in advancing the cause of world mission?
Doesn't the Calvinist approach to Christianity encourage the belief that the redeemed will be saved irrespective of their conduct?
Doesn't the Calvinist track-record show an at-best mixed legacy on critical issues such as race and gender relations?
Hasn't the Calvinist concept of the church's role vis-à-vis the state tended toward theocracy?
Isn't it true that Calvinistic expressions of Christianity have been a damper on the creative arts, whether the theater or painting or sculpture?
"Perhaps no movement in Christian history has suffered more from both its detractors and its admirers than Calvinism. In this book, Kenneth Stewart shatters ten persistent stereotypes about the Calvinist way of being a Christian and helps us to see why the Reformed faith continues to attract so many believers to the God of John Calvin."Timothy George, founding dean of Beeson Divinity School of Samford University
"With the growing resurgence of interest in Calvinism, Ken Stewart's deft discussion of the myths promoted by and against Calvinists is timely indeed. Sympathetic to this school of thought, though also deeply desirous of historical accuracy, this book will inform--and challenge--both friend and foe of the Calvinist vision."Dr. Michael A. G. Haykin, professor of church history and biblical spirituality, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
"Ken Stewart's book appears at a timely moment, when Calvinism is again in vogue. Drawing on both theological and historical evidence, Ken Stewart shows that Calvinism was not the narrow, exclusive preserve of a bunch of cranks but an outward-looking, mission-orientated, vibrant and this-worldly faith. May it do its part to clear away many of the misconceptions that have bedeviled Calvinism over the years!"Dr. David Ceri Jones, Aberystwyth University, Wales
Ten myths about Calvinism by Kenneth J. Stewart was published by Apollos in April 2011 and is our 63321st best seller. The ISBN for Ten myths about Calvinism is 9781844745135.
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Ten Myths About CalvinismAlan Hill, via The Good Book Stall
Perhaps no Christian theological system has suffered so much from misrepresentation as Calvinism (also known as the reformed faith).
The book does not set out to justify Calvinism from the Bible. Rather the author aims is help the reader better understand what Calvinism represents.
Mr. Stewart sets out to debunk what he thinks are 10 commonly held myths. He shows that Calvinism is broader than just what Calvin believed, and also that what Calvin believed is also misunderstood.
Examples of the myths that he examines are: Calvinism is anti-missionary and anti-revival; Calvinism undermines the creative arts and Calvinism holds that the redeemed will be saved regardless of their conduct.
The best chapter of this book asks whether the acronym TULIP is the yardstick of the truly reformed. He shows that Calvin himself never proposed the “five points”, that TULIP is only just over 100 years old and that many Calvinists believe the reformed faith is better summed up with other words.
Ten Myths About Calvinism draws on careful and wide-ranging research. The author quotes extensively from many sources and his conclusions are balanced. Although a Calvinist himself, Mr. Stewart separates his own views from his writing. The result is a scholarly work that achieves a high academic standard. However this does not mean that the book is dry and dull: far from it. Mr. Stewart writes in an engaging and accessible way that is a delight to read.
I hope that Christians from all backgrounds will read this book. It deserves to have a wide audience.
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|Author / Artist||Kenneth J. Stewart|
|Publisher||Apollos (April 2011)|
|Number of Pages||256|
|Page last updated||17th September 2017|