This is a very thought provoking book. Though it lays the groundwork for the principles of Reformed Theology as a whole, much of the book understandably focuses on defending the Calvinist approach. Sproul, who obviously is a very gifted expositor, presents the 5 points of TULIP in a way that becomes, as he might say, an almost â€˜resistless logic.'
Sproul relies on Scripture to defend the Reformed views, but I will add that he also places much emphasis on the writings of the Reformers, as well as the Westminster Confession of Faith. Though we can learn much from the great saints of the Reformation era, we must remind ourselves that neither they, nor their writings, were infallible.
There are some points in the book to which I would take exception. Though the issue is not belabored, Sproul briefly alludes to Dispensationalism falling into the camp of semi-Pelagianism, and thus pits Dispensationalist thought against Calvinism, as if the two could not co-exist. I found this position to be a bit unsteady.
All in all, however, this is an excellent work, and Sproul offers compelling Scriptural support for many of his positions. One thing is for certain: Calvinists understand that salvation is wholly of God, without any semblance of human virtue or merit. This alone should cause us, whether Calvinist or not, to take notice of its teaching.
I was looking for a book that would give me a clear and fairly concise explanation of Reformed Theology. R.C. Sproul does an excellent job of explaining it so that a layperson with an interest can understand this important historical protestant theology. I really enjoyed the book and learned a great deal from it.
What is Reformed Theology by, RC Sproul, is a great book that gave me a greater understanding of what Reformed Theology is. I love RC Sproul. He is a great teacher. I have just finished his book Chosen by God. These books would be great for the Arminian/Semi-Pelagian to read.