Contents


Introductory Thoughts

Chapter 1 – The Main Thesis: The Hermeneutical Divide

Chapter 2 – Sovereignty and Salvation: A Summary of the Non-Calvinist View

PART 1 – ASSESSING CALVINIST DOCTRINE AND THOUGHT

Chapter 3 – The Calvinist Theological and Soteriological Doctrines

  • A Brief Summary of Calvinist Theology and Soteriology
  • God’s Eternal Decree and Sovereignty
  • Predestination, Unconditional Election and Effectual Calling
  • The Calvinist’s TULIP Soteriology
  • A Preliminary Critique of Calvinist Determinism
  • Conclusions

Chapter 4 – Why the Calvinist Views of Sovereignty and Salvation Are Certainly False

  • William Lane Craig’s Five-Fold Critique of Calvinist Determinism

Chapter 5 – The Nature and Scope of the Calvinist Difficulties

  • Logical Concerns
  • Theological Concerns
  • Ethical and Moral Concerns
  • Existential and Epistemological Concerns
  • Ministry Concerns
  • Hermeneutical & Interpretive Concerns
  • Conclusions

Chapter 6 – What is at Stake? The Character of God and the Truth of the Gospel

The Character of God

The Truth of the Gospel

  • Walls, Dongell and Allen on the Importance of the Controversy
  • The Gospel is at Stake
  • Calvinists Claim Calvinism is the Biblical Gospel
  • Two Mutually Exclusive Gospels
  • Moody and Bryson on What is at Stake in This Controversy: The Gospel
  • The Evangelical Church in Intellectual, Soteriological and Gospel Denial
  • The Full Revelation of God’s Thoughts and Saving Will for Us “In Christ”
  • The Spirit as the Spirit of Truth Affirms the True Gospel
  • The Theological and Hermeneutical Divides
  • Critical Hermeneutical Concerns for Reformed Calvinists

PART 2 – INTERPRETATION AND HERMENEUTICS

Chapter 7 – The Indispensability of Reason and Logic in Biblical Interpretation

  • Milton S. Terry on Reason in Interpretation
  • The Proper Relationship between Faith and Reason
  • Norman Geisler on the Nature and Use of Logic
  • Calvinists Affirm Logic and Reason
  • Confusing Reason with Rationalism
  • The Mysteries of the Faith: Beyond Reason or Against Reason
  • Tolerance, Love and Respect is Not Incoherence or Theological Relativism
  • The Role of Philosophical Reflection and Moral Intuition in Exegesis and Hermeneutics
  • Baggett, Walls and Lewis on Whether God is Good as We know Goodness
  • Craig and Moreland on the Indispensable Role of Philosophy
  • Robert Audi: Reason, Logic and Justified Beliefs
  • Robert Audi: Natural Theology, Natural Reason and the Resolution of Religious Disagreement
  • Ravi Zacharias on Critical Thinking and Logic
  • David Allen, Leighton Flowers, Exegesis and Contradiction: 1 Timothy 2:1-6
  • David Allen, Leighton Flowers, God’s Love and Logical Entailment
  • Vincent Cheung, David Allen, Leighton Flowers and Logical and Moral Entailments
  • C. A. Campbell and the Role of Reason in Religion and Faith
  • C. A. Campbell: Defining a Contradiction and J. I. Packer’s Bad Advice
  • J. I. Packer: Paradox, Antinomy and Real Contradiction
  • Concluding Thoughts on J. I. Packer’s “Antinomy” and Suppression of Reason
  • Summary Remarks