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People from all parts of the Christian spectrum have weighed in on a pre-publication edition of “Against Calvinism” – excerpts are shown below.

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Gerene Haan Kropscot, Michigan:

I thought yesterday, I am very busy today and I want to really concentrate on this book…..so I waited until tonight to read it. Honestly, I can’t find ONE single mistake ANYWHERE!!!!!! I think the premise is perfectly accurate…

Jeff Ryan, pastor, Calvary Bible Church, Rogers City, Michigan

Great job to all three of you guys! I hope you find a way to get this out…..I think it would serve a good purpose for many.

Keith Tacey, missionary, South Vietnam

I wanted to argue against the premise of this book so bad…but you can’t argue with the Truth of God’s Word can you?

All kidding aside…

This book gave a tidy and historical backdrop and explanation of Arminianism and Calvinism.

It kept it simple, focused, and direct. No rabbit trails, no dead ends, no inflated opinions.

Best of all, it let the Holy Scriptures do the talking (albeit with some input from our friends Skeeter and Satch).

It was incredibly informative for such a light read.

Diane, Iowa:

I found it very easy to read and understand and it will be a treasure for younger Christians such as myself who can sometimes get lost in serious theological discussion. I plan to order some to give away so let me know how and when I can do that.

What a great resource the Lord has brought about through all of you! May the Lord bless this effort!

Mike Ratliff, Possessing The Treasure

I tied into the book with all my theology behind me to prove it wrong, but as I went through each set of proofs, I had to say that the lists were quite definitive. Well done gents!

Tim Kelbell, Missouri

Wonderful, insightful, and light-hearted! ‘Against Calvinism’ blessed me with its simplistic yet thorough explanation of the doctrines of grace, and its humor had me chuckling throughout. Peterson, Eddings, and Cardwell definitely did justice to this subject.

Cindy Marks, Florida

A most useful and necessary book to help understand both sides of the argument between the antithetical doctrines of Calvinism and Arminianism.

Diane, Theology For Girls

This is a terrific little primer on the history of the central doctrines of Calvinism and Arminianism – with a zany twist typical of these 3 Amigos. Highly recommended, especially to those new to or still inquiring about Reformation theology. A++ Good Job

Petra Hefner, Penned Pebbles

Heavens to Murgatroyd, Satch! Why didn’t somebody tell me that this book would be such a hoot?  I hooted and hollered! And I chuckled ’til my innards hurt!

I pray that this little informative book will be as popular as I believe it will be! While the book isn’t exhaustive (since “exhaustive’ can be quite intimidating for folk like Skeeter), it does a mighty fine job in capturing and keeping the reader’s attention. The title alone is more than inviting! I think this book provides a good basic explanation of the subject at hand, and I think it clears up common misconceptions quite nicely. The summary is also a definite plus, and the scripture references talk for themselves!

The best of luck to the three of you. No, wait, that would be: The best of providence to y’all!

John Botkin, pastor, Crossway Christian Church, Michigan

Putting the fun back into fundamentalism, Refuting Calvinism is a whimsical foray into theological debate on a hot-topic issue today. Whether you are an Arminian or a Calvinist, or even unsure about such things, read this book. You will be glad you did.

D.B., Nevada

[My husband and I] both agree that this little book fills a niche that we have not found. It condenses a lot of important church history and doctrinal information into one nifty, easy to read package. Normally, we would have to pull about 5 books off our shelves to come up with all of that.

[My husband] is in charge of training small group leaders in the new church…. we are realizing that many of them do not even know what the doctrine of election is. Your book perfectly addresses other local issues as well, such as… “hyper-Calvinism” —loved how you addressed that!

Sheri Ingersoll, North Carolina

Clear and concise. Against Calvinism gets to the heart of the Gospel ~ Biblically. Just when we thought we’d heard all the Calvinist/Arminian arguments, these clever authors have come up with an original!

Herson Cruz, Fredericksburg, VA

“Heavens to Murgatroid”, this was a fantastic read. I really enjoyed reading of the history of Calvinism in the Introduction. I loved the way each doctrine was explained fully and the Scripture references were excellent.

Christina Langella, Brooklyn, New York

What a blessing! I appreciate the simplicity. For someone who is relatively new to the doctrines of grace, it was so easy to understand. I appreciate the highest regard for the Word of God that is so evident throughout. I appreciate the humor because it is wonderful to laugh! And, I appreciate the saints who have taken the time to share their knowledge and love of God with the body of Christ. If you ask me, it ought to be required reading for every convert because, at its heart, this is a book about the Gospel of Jesus Christ!

Arthur Sido, The Voice of One Crying Out In Suburbia

Good stuff, tongue [in] cheek for sure but very well done. Will link it from my blog as well.

How Walker, II, Jacksonville, Florida

This book, while taking a very short time to read straight though, contains very deep and meaningful theology. The ideas and doctrine are presented in a clear and concise manner that can be understood by anyone that is capable of reading the book. While there is quite a bit of humor in the book there is no light handling of the doctrines of grace.

This book is definitely something I would purchase in bulk to hand out to anyone who doesn’t understand reformed theology, whether a new Christian or someone who grew up in a church or denomination that denies the theology we know as Calvinism.



10 responses

  1. Grant Oliver Dayes

    An honest and in depth look at a centuries old controversy. I highly recommend this volume and will purchase many for my theologically-minded friends and students of Scripture.

    August 14, 2010 at 7:15 am

  2. Rev. Tom Merchant - Fulton, Illinois

    In the Introduction it might be helpful to give a brief description of the Belgic Confession and why it was written. Something about why the Belgic Confession is important in setting the followers of Calvin’s teachings apart from the Anabaptists and their teachings in contrast with Roman Catholics of the time.

    Under Unconditional Election a little discussion on the origin and nature of evil might help. While not totally embracing Augustine’s ideas that even Satan himself is not totally and completely evil because he is one of God’s creations, Calvin does speak about the mystery surrounding why some are elected and why some are passed by. (When I get more mobile, I’ll give you a reference in the Institutes.)

    Under Unconditional Election you might spend a little more time talking about the Reformed understanding of free will. You brush up against it but don’t really talk about the gift of free will and why Adam chose to eat from the tree and please don’t fall into a hyper-calvinism explanation of Supralapsarianism that makes God responsible for evil in the world.

    Under Limited Atonement, you make a good point for Substitutionary Atonement. It’s important to note that there are many in the Reformed camp that also like the Christus Victor model.
    You also might mention something about Calvin’s concept of the Book of Nature and the fact that just because an individual acknowledges that God exists, that in itself is not enough for salvation.

    Under Irresistible Grace you mention in the Introduction the Solas and the role they played in the Reformation. You might put a little more emphasis on the centrality of the Word and true marks of the church as seen by the Reformers: faithful preaching of the Word, faithful administration of the Sacraments of Baptism and Lord’s Supper, and the application of discipline.

    Under Perseverance of the Saints you might point to the example of Calvin himself who had many physical ailments and suffered all kinds of tragedy in his life, yet continued to preach and write up until the time that he died.

    While I thought that the humor was good, I am a little concerned that it has a racial tinge to it.

    August 19, 2010 at 2:12 pm

    • Appreciate your input; and you’re right– we could have written much, much more than we had… but there are plenty of books out there that do address those issues; and that was not our intent.

      As far as for a racial tinge… have you never seen an episode of The Bowery Boys or The Dead End Kids? The characters were based upon those portrayed by actors Leo Gorcey & Huntz Hall. The names of those characters were Muggs & Satch.

      August 19, 2010 at 6:51 pm

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  5. Do you have any endorcements from actual theologians that have teaching credentials from an acceditated University or Seminary? Even if I was an arminian I would be more likely to give someone Norman Geisler or Roger Olson over this book. Who publishes it by the way?

    Anyways, best of luck in sales (I would say providence, but God doesn’t force his will on making anyone buy a book so I guess this book is ”hypothetical no-salesism”)- yeah I know, geeky theology joke that was pretty corny, oh well.

    Joseph

    September 4, 2010 at 10:39 am

    • Getting a review from said people is not an easy task for “the little guys” like us. Perhaps once the overwhelming buzz(!) hits the street, J.I. Packer may even read and review it. Of course he reads and reviews doggone near every single Reformed book out there anyway, so that may not be such a great scoop after all……

      September 5, 2010 at 11:58 pm

      • Joseph: Tom Merchant has a Master’s of Divinity from Western Theological Seminary, Holland, Michigan and pastors Trinity Reformed Church, Fulton, IL. Plus, he’s a swell guy.

        Now, my ex-pastor has a Master’s of Divinity as well, but as he was fond of saying, “That’s OK, but who can ever master the divine?”

        September 6, 2010 at 9:29 pm

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  7. Mark D. Griswold

    Calvin’s “god” deserves to go live with the devil, since to my understanding, Calvin’s ‘god’ sends Billions to Hell for his own selfish, damned ‘glory’!! IF I knew that Calvin’s ‘god’ were the GOD of Christianity, I would walk away from any and Every Church as fast as I could!! —– But PRAISE the LORD!!! The GOD of Christianity has virtually NOTHING to do with Calvin’s Monster!!!

    September 2, 2012 at 8:05 am

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