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ISBN/ASIN : 0764225219
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Release data : 01 August, 2001
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Question the TULIP theology, get this book. The author does a nice job responding to a lot of the garbage put out by the likes of Piper and Sproul.
I wonder if the negative reviews are by people who actually read the book or had their minds made up for them like good little calvinistic robots.
As someone who is currently trying to sort through the Calvinism/Arminianism argument, I approached this book with an open mind, and was quickly disappointed.
The first forty or so pages presented some good points, and lead me to believe that the author may have reached a solid middle ground in the argument. But soon after, he started diving off into illogical arguments, and presenting whole chapters on what other theologians believed about certain topics when what they believed matters very little in light of what scripture teaches.
The most illogical argument of the book was the author's idea that predestination is based in God's foreknowledge. Not a new argument, but the author tries to establish the point that since God can forsee the future, and since he knows what choices we will make, and his knowledge is infallible, we are destined to make those choices. He even goes so far as to say that God always knew that Judas would betray Jesus, and so therefore Judas was destined to betray Jesus. This is an offensive and senseless argument, implying that my salvation through Christ's death and resurrection are the result, not of a divine plan as pointed out in Acts 2:22-24, and again in Acts 3:17-21, but of one greedy man's decision to betray Jesus. Dr. Geisler is very good at stringing words together in such a way that it sounds like he is saying something very important and meaningful when in fact it is only nonsense.
Lastly, this is not an issue in which middle ground can be reached. It is one on which you eventually have to land on one side or the other. The search for a middle ground is headed up by men who are struggling deeply with scripture that contradicts their personal beliefs. So rather than giving in to what is a difficult truth, they attempt to reconcile that scripture with their current belief system, resulting in a confusing and illogical theological amalgamation that, like cotton candy, looks substantial, but is really only thin wisps of logic wrapped around air.
A very well written book on a very sensitive issue in theology. Geisler touches the nerve of what separates many believers, but truhtfully exposes how both extremes are not only unbiblical but unrational. This is a great tool for anyone searching for some light to shed on the topic of pre-destination and freewill.