Clark H. Pinnock (PhD, University of Manchester) is professor emeritus of systematic theology at McMaster Divinity College in Hamilton, Ontario, and has written or edited eighteen books, including Most Moved Mover. Barry L. Callen (DRel, Chicago Theological Seminary) is University Professor Emeritus of Christian Studies at Anderson University in Anderson, Indiana. He is editor of the Wesleyan Theological Journal and author or editor of over twenty books, including Authentic Spirituality.
Clark H. Pinnock currently resides in Ontario. Clark H. Pinnock was born in 1937.
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Arminian Articulation of Unlimited Atonement Jun 24, 2004
GRACE UNLIMITED reflects the works of various Arminian theologians on the subject of limited atonement (election) versus unlimited atonement (whosoever will). The book is an attempt to give a scholarly view on these subjects. As with many Arminian books on Calvinism, the book addresses other issues of Calvinism such as its history and other matters of doctrine including eternal security (or perseverance of the saints).
I do not agree with the last reviewer that this book does not represent a scholarly work. Although its language is not as technical as Gordon Clark's or other Reformed theologians works on election, the book is a good add to the theological debate. Further, this edited work by Clark Pinnock represents his "pre-Open theory" days and does not represent his views today. That is important because many Reformed theologians would simply ignore GRACE UNLIMITED simply because of Pinnock's name.
I would urge both sides to read this book and allow grace, truth, and love guide the true disciples of Christ over issues that sometimes can be quite confusing such as the extent of the atonement of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Sloppy Scholarship May 4, 2003
Pinnock's book is impressive because of the academic reputation of the authors (see pp. 9,10), and because of their style and sincerity. These can win acceptance for any work among those who have no other basis for judging, and that it is perhaps the case here. David J. A. Clines, a lecturer in the University of Sheffield, England, has written chapter six of the book, which deals with Predestination in the Old Testament. Clines warns at the outset that "we may not have the correct focus, "and that we must "look at the biblical teaching as a whole." The problem is that Clines does not follow his own advice. He begins with Abraham instead of Gen. 1:1, returning to Genesis only late in the chapter. Then he skips to Proverbs, and proceeds to skip from Exodus to Psalms! He has nothing, or almost nothing, on Job or Psalms, nor on Exodus to Ruth, nor on Ezekiel, even though these omitted portions of the OT contain much that flatly contradicts Pinnock's thesis for the book. Other severe errors: On page 263 Clines says that the Stoics shared an "atomistic-deterministic worldview." But the truth is that the Stoics were not atomists. Page 200 says that "'L'homme' [by Descartes] was the first physiological model of man in modern times." Nope. Descartes was not a mechanist, as he held that "the volition of the soul could violate physical law..." [See Gordon Clark's Predestination, p. 153, note 1] Clines implies on page 207 in note 10 that Democritean physics and classical physics are the same thing. Not so, as Democritean physics was not accepted by Plato, Aristotle, the Stoics, and even the Epicureans. Two other authors make similarly glaring errors when they should know better. On pages 182 and 200, in reference to Eph 2:8, it is claimed that the neuter demonstrative pronoun cannot refer to faith because faith is feminine. Not true. Feminine abstract nouns frequently take the neuter in these constructions. Any book attacking predestination is going to be popular, even when set forth with sloppy scholarship, because most people just don't like the idea of predestination, period. A better resource for those who actually DO want to follow Cline's advice about examining "the biblical teaching as a whole," might be Gordon Clark's Predestination [The Combined edition of Biblical Predestination and Predestination in the Old Testament.] It is two books in one, and its superb scholarship make it more of an intellectual bargain than Grace Unlimited. Clark was a prodigious theologian and philosopher who wrote more than thirty books and for sixty years taught in a half dozen collges and seminaries. He has been called "one of the major thinkers of our [20th] century."
Scholarly articles on the Arminian side of salvation. Mar 26, 2003
This is a good book. Clark Pinnock has changed his views dramatically since editiing this book. I believe the 'openess' view of God is completely wrong headed BUT this book has none of that. The one reviewer who gave the book a bad review obviously has not read it. This book espouses God's Sovereignty and His Grace in salvation. If you are struggling with the free will - Calvinist issue this is a good book to read.
Excellent set of articles refuting Calvinism Aug 14, 1999
This is an excellent book with 13 articles by a number of Arminian theologians providing strong refutations to the draconian determinism of five-point Calvinism. Election, the atonement, free will, and other issues are covered very well. "Grace Unlimited" is a precursor to the later work, "The Grace of God and the Will of Man," also edited by Clark Pinnock. Though GU is a shorter book, it is in one way better--it has minimal material on the "free will theism" point of view. Overall, this work is highly recommended.