In 2009, Time magazine named "The New Calvinism" as one of the 10 ideas Changing the World Now . Minister's such as John piper and Mark Driscoll are among the spearheads of this movement that is growing rapidly in Christianity. Why is this so? Well, while it may be certain that Calvinsim's recognition of human limitation, frailty, and imperfection resonates strongly with young postmodern disillusioned by a hyper-belief in humanities own ability to save the world; a belief that was in many ways nurtured by liberal Protestantism. Today it is different, in a world defined by the 20th century, human optimism about its own ability and certainty seem displaced, and Calvinism addresses those trends meaningfully. This book The Five Points of Calvinism: A Study Guide Edwin Palmer examines the "doctrines of grace" by examining them biblically, theologically, and to some extent, philosophically. It serves to vet out the doctrines, examine their true shape, and their true implications. But palmer also provides an apologetic by explicitly and powerfully refuting misconstrues of the doctrines by both opponents and proponents of Calvinism who have taken the doctrines too far. To say the least, this book is an excellent tool for learning about the doctrines, whether you agree with them or not. If you do, it is an excellent discipleship guide that will increase dramatically your understanding of the faith, and the long line of Calvinist believers. It will be an outstanding tool for church small groups of any kind, and also any study group.
Using the classic TULIP acronym (Total depravity, Unconditional election, Limited atonement, Irresistible grace, and Perseverance of the saints), this primer on the five points of Calvinism is perfect for students and laypeople alike. Using the Scriptures from which they are drawn, Edwin H. Palmer analyzes each point and explains them in accessible language. Helpful discussion questions follow each chapter, making this book ideal for classes or study groups. This important resource also includes a new foreword by Michael Horton and relevant historic catechisms and confessions.
Edwin H. Palmer (1922-1980) was a theologian, scholar, teacher, and pastor. He served as executive secretary on the team that prepared the New International Version of the Bible.