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on 26 June 1998
While I enjoyed Wright's book and consider it a reliable resource for understanding this deep topic, I would not recommend interested readers start their intellectual journey there. Wright deals with an overwhelming amount of technical information the average reader may not be able or..."willing" to digest. Hence, it would be wise to first read a book like Sproul's "Willing to Believe," which broadly surveys the historical and theological development of free will theism, before embarking on a more specialized work like that written by Wright. I would have enjoyed "No Place for Sovereignty" more had I taken my own advice.
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on 25 January 1999
This book was written to acquaint the doctrinally-concerned christian with a biblical, philosophical and historical defense of the Calvinist view of salvation, to show how Arminianism depends on an incoherent and unbiblical "freewill theory," and how belief in a libertarian view of free will inevitably leads to a finite God. A reviewer in Christian Scholars' Review said that it was a good clear explanation accessible to any intelligent reader. He also noted that it failed to take into account recent philosophical discussion of "compatibilist" views of free will with divine sovereignty. This is because 1) the author was not primarily addressing professional philosophers, but rather those believers with no special philosophical training, 2) he does not believe most of these theories, except those that redefine "free will" to make it compatible with the Bible's sovereignty teaching, and 3) there is no point trying to reconcile logical contradictions; it's better to abandon one side to avoid irrationalism. The book offers usable arguments from the Bible against Arminianism, and tries to show that no Christian apologetic can succeed that is based on an unquestioned acceptance of the assumption of human autonomy. Historically, Arminianism is really only a form of humanism.
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on 2 February 1998
After reading Clark Pinnock's "The Grace of God and the Will of Man" and David Bassinger's "The Case for Freewill Theism", it was a pleasure to read Wright's "No Place for Sovereignty". His is a scholarly, biblicly-based critism of the danger involved in promoting "freewill theism" or "salvation by choice". These ideas are being promoted in evangelical circles by people who despise God's authority and who want to be free from God's control. Wright names several of these influential teachers and with sound reason and text-based critism correctly places them outside of the true gospel of Christ. I hope that Wright's book subtitled "What's Wrong with Freewill Thesim" will be widely read and debated.
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on 22 October 1997
An excellent review of the Pelagian/Arminian Augustinian/Calvinist controversies. The drift of Clark Pinnock from Calvinism to finite godism is especially instructive. Very well written, organized, and readable.
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