Book Recommendations

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The Spiritual Condition of Infants by Adam Harwood

After tracing the relevant biblical, historical and theological perspectives concerning the spiritual condition of infants, Dr. Harwood argues that infants inherit from Adam a sinful nature but not condemnation. Though corrupted by the sin of Adam, infants are not yet morally responsible, and thus only become guilty once they have personally sinned. The conclusions offered by Harwood have implications regarding the nature of man’s depravity, considerably weakening the framework of inherited guilt upon which the doctrine of man’s inability to respond to the gospel is built.

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Whosoever Will by David L. Allen and Steve W. Lemke

This compilation of essays is a collection of reflections and presentations drawn from the John 3:16 Conference held at First Baptist Church of Woodstock, Georgia, on November 6-7, 2008. Part One includes a sermon on John 3:16 by Jerry Vines followed by a point by point analysis of the TULIP by Paige Patterson, Richard Land, David Allen, Steve Lemke and Kenneth Keathley. Part Two consists of essays on John Calvin’s theology, the impact of Calvinism at the local church level, the public invitation, determinism and theodicy. Roger Olsen called it “a much needed corrective to the contemporary rise of Calvinism especially among young Christians.”

Chosen or Not? by Doug Sayers

As a former Calvinist, Doug Sayers speaks the reformed language well enough to expose its many weaknesses. As a layperson, his writing is accessible to every reader and not simply theological academics. Sayers takes the time to define all the Calvinistic concepts and disaffirm them. His logic is precise and his illustrations are masterful. The testimony of his departure from Calvinism is heartbreaking. Sayers shows how the Calvinistic doctrines of unconditional election and irresistible grace confuse and undermine the simple gospel of repentance and faith. Sayers has made the book available for a free online download HERE.

Reflections of a Disenchanted Calvinist by Ronnie Rogers

Ronnie Rogers is another former Calvinist who became increasingly uncomfortable as he wrestled with the implications of the doctrines of grace. He describes this disenchantment as a series of disquieting realities. Rogers displays a writing style that draws from his impressive vocabulary and extraordinary penchant for choosing the perfect word. This attention to semantics is one of the most striking features of the book, as Rogers exposes the manner in which Calvinist writers make use of a subtle rhetorical skill he describes non-pejoratively as “double-talk.”