Norman L. GeislerBethany House / 2010 / Trade PaperbackOur Price$13.993.5 out of 5 stars for Chosen But Free, revised edition: A Balanced View of God's Sovereignty and Free Will. View reviews of this product. 15 Reviews
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Luke NixMoore, OKAge: 25-34Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5Great read about God's sovereigntyAugust 1, 2013Luke NixMoore, OKAge: 25-34Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This review was originally written for a popular Christian apologetics blog. For the sake of brevity only the conclusion is included here:
I really enjoyed this book. I have heard several different views and have had my own critiques of them. However, Geisler has helped to organize my ideas and has shown critiques of views that I thought were quite solid. Geisler's unrelenting dedication to reconciling as much scripture as possible (required for his view of Biblical Inerrency) and his solid commitment to sound logic has made the view put forth in this book quite appealing, and the overall read quite enjoyable. I recommend it for all who are interested in the topic of God's sovereignty and man's free will; it will challenge you.
BlondieBeverly Hills, FLAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5This Book Is Very InformativeMay 23, 2014BlondieBeverly Hills, FLAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I was recommended this book due to some radical viewpoints that were being taught at my church which I prayed to the Holy Spirit to reveal the truth. The Christian Radio show host that I highly respect recommended this book to me. What an eye opener to the different viewpoints on Sovereignty & Free Will. It was revealed that my church believes in the "Extreme Calvinist" point of view for which Dr.Geisler explains that Calvin himself didn't believe in. Dr. Geisler clearly points out the moderate viewpoint for which lines up best with biblical scripture and where the extreme views came from and the dangers of the extreme views from extreme calvanism to extreme arminiaism. It's a great tool to have to defend the truth.
Randy Bartlett5 Stars Out Of 5A Must-Read for every Christian: Pastor or layman.April 17, 2012Randy BartlettQuality: 5Value: 4Meets Expectations: 5Geisler has done it! Finally a book that sets aside the struggle between Calvinism and Arminianism long enough to take a look at what the Scriptures tell us! Very straight forward and insightful, Geisler details the issues surrounding both sides of the argument and then shows how the Scriptures clearly support both sides - in a way that neither sets aside God's Sovereignty nor makes men into mere robots unable to make choices of their own. A truly essential piece of work, and a must-read for every Christian: pastor and layperson alike.
JoeyVancouver, BC, CanadaAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5A well written comprehensive and resourceful bookDecember 21, 2012JoeyVancouver, BC, CanadaAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This book is a response to R.C. Sproul's Chosen by God. So I highly suggest that readers either read Chosen by God first or have it alongside with Chosen but Free. Both are great reads. I am not sure if Kali has really read the same book as I have. My review is just completely opposite to Kali's. And I believe if you read even the first two chapters of the book, you would know that it is a very resourceful book with supportive arguments.
KaliKalulushiGender: male2 Stars Out Of 5Good Philosophy, Bad TheologyAugust 16, 2012KaliKalulushiGender: maleQuality: 2Value: 2Meets Expectations: 2Geisler begins his work by criticising what he considers to be extreme Calvinism. However, what he is criticising is not extreme Calvinism but historic Calvinism. He criticises five point Calvinism. He then moves to criticise what he considers to be extreme Arminianism which is essentially open theism. He ends by calling himself a moderate Calvinist. How he qualifies to call himself a Calvinist, he doesn't tell his readers.
This is a poorly written apologetic for Arminianism and probably Geisler's worst book. What he does is to use philosophical methods in biblical exegesis instead of historical grammatical exegesis. I have read Geisler's book on Christian Apologetics (which is primarily philosophical) and I can see that he used the same methods in this book. The result is a book that is filled with misinterpretations of scripture. If you are looking for a more solid book on election and freewill, I suggest you look elsewhere.
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