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Young, Restless, No Longer Reformed: Black Holes, Love, and a Journey In and Out of Calvinism Kindle Edition
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Fischer bases much of this volume on his own experience, but he brings out the big guns in various places, in particular his dealings with Romans 9. His argument is basically that Calvinism doesn't hold water, but rather forces the believer through ever more difficult mental gymnastics until their own belief system is very, very suspect.
This book doesn't rubbish anyone's beliefs, doesn't tell us to hate anyone, doesn't tell you which church to go to, but it does let you know that you don't have to be brain-dead to be a Christian.
A generously non-academic treatise that answers many of the questions you were asking, but that has academic backing where necessary. This is a worthwhile read and a good investment for your bookshelf.
That said, free will theism doesn't cut it for me either. This is Fischer's newly adopted position, and presumably alleviates the problem by emphasizing that those who end up in hell choose it for themselves. Many free will theists still don't like the idea of eternal conscious torment (who can blame them?), and find annihilationism to be a better option - e.g. Clark Pinnock and Greg Boyd. They can't commit to universal reconciliation precisely because of their appeal to the free will of human beings to either choose or reject God. Fischer is right to point out that all theological systems have their problem areas in his chapter, "Monsters in the Basement", but personally I find universal reconciliation to be the most satisfying of the biblically viable options when it comes to understanding hell. Unfortunately, Fischer (like many others) dismisses it too quickly in a passing reference in the book.Read more ›
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A refreshing and challenging read; not afraid to question the monolithic system that is too often identified by its followers as definitive of evangelicalism, or, even worse,... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Campbell Hamilton
Brilliantly and scholarly written. Well balanced and well argued, especially the chapter on Romans 9. Read morePublished on 12 May 2014 by Keith Short