Monday, February 15, 2010

Coming Soon from B&H Academic - Whosoever Will

I told you I was pretty excited about some of the books coming from B&H Academic and this is certainly one of them.  Whosoever Will: A Biblical-Theological Critique of Calvinism promises to be a strong response to five-point Calvinism.  Why am I so excited about a book that purports to critique, and presumably refutes, a position I hold?  Quite simply, unexamined beliefs are not worth holding.  I've been on both sides of the fence on this one.  Going into Moody I was a four-point Calvinist.  Coming out I was more or less holding to only the first and last points.  After attending Trinity I came out a four-point Calvinist again and then a couple of years after that I finally accepted limited atonement (I prefer particular atonement).  I remember someone asked my church history professor, John Woodbridge, what he was and he responded "a weak-kneed Calvinist."  I've been there!  It's been a roller coaster ride to say the least.  The book is edited by David L. Allen and Steve Lemke.  But the contributors are not all Arminians.  In fact one of them is a four-point Calvinist!  You can read an interview with the editors about the book here.  The distinctive of the book is not that it is from an Arminian position as much as it is from a Baptist tradition. (I have Baptist leanings as well so I have a double interest in the book.)  Allen and Lemke state in the interview "This book gathers together in one place a serious, scholarly presentation of the non-Calvinist position that is the majority view within Southern Baptist life." 

Look for it this April.  It will be a paperback with 320 pages and sell for $24.99. 


Paul said...

Ooh...must we resurrect arguments that are settled? (tongue in cheek).

"unexamined beliefs are not worth holding" That's not what Socrates said! '->

Louis said...


Apparently we must. Actually that was my first thought. What else can be said? But the book promises some fresh insights so I'm anxious to see how well it delivers.