Saturday, December 27, 2014

hand In Hand by Randy Alcorn

hand in Hand: The Beauty of God's Sovereignty and Meaningful Human Choicehand in Hand: The Beauty of God's Sovereignty and Meaningful Human Choice by Randy Alcorn
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is a tremendous and much needed book.  Alcorn sets out to make the case that,  rather than being pejoratives to sling about in flesh-driven theological mudfights,  "Calvinism" and "Arminianism" are labels for orthodox,  within-the-camp,  frameworks as to how we reconcile the (seemingly?) paradoxical nature of divine sovereignty and creaturely freedom.

Alcorn's tone throughout is irenic and he is charitable towards those with whom he disagrees.  Alcorn never stoops to the level of caricature and you will not find any strawmen gaining their existence from his words.  He knows the difference between an Arminian and a Pelagian,  a feat that seems to daunting to the point of impossibility for many Reformed writers.

The charts and diagrams are,  while limited due simply to the nature of this particular beast,  quite useful.   I do wish Alcorn had dealt more extensively and explicitly with Pelagian teaching.  It has been my experience that the more common foe to Reformed teaching has not been robust,  Evangelical Arminianism but rather Pelagian in nature.   Since one is orthodox and one is,  at best heterodox but more accurately,  heresy,  being able to distinguish between the two is of greatest importance.

This is a treasure and will help many.  But,  to quote Alcorn,  "if you aren't open to adjusting your position when it doesn't align with Scripture,  then this book is not for you. "

For that reason,  I hope and pray that this book is for all of us.


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