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The Five Points of Calvinism: Defined, Defended, and Documented [Paperback]

By David N. Steele (Author), Curtis C. Thomas (Author) & S. Lance Quinn (Author)
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Updated edition of classic introduction to the essential tenets of Calvinistic theology: its history and content, a biblical defense, and a guide to further study.

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Studio: P & R Publishing
Pages   247
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.05" Width: 6.09" Height: 0.74"
Weight:   0.74 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   May 7, 2004
Publisher   P & R PUBLISHING #97
Edition  Revised  
ISBN  0875528279  
ISBN13  9780875528274  

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Great reference...  Jan 8, 2007
Does the title give it away? This book is an update from the highly acclaimed book from Steele and Thomas and is great primer on what exactly Calvinism is. It is not exhaustive and was not meant to be but seems to be more a "dictionary" of sorts for reference on the 5 points. For each section it gives the defense and expalantion of the point, then gives you reference material for more reading.

This book is great to keep on your book shelf to reference verses in the Bible for the different doctrines, but if you are looking for a complete defense of the doctrines of Grace you will be disapointed.

The works that I especially found interesting was the appendix which went of a lot of tough questions that are posed to Calvinist based on Scripture and also those questions that are asked outside of the camp of Calvinism.

In my humble opinion if you know very little on these doctrines pick up this book alongside "A Journey in Grace" and you will at least be introduced to where you should go next.
Calvinism Succinct and Concise  Aug 25, 2006
This little book's title says it all, The Five Points of Calvinism: Defined, Defended, Documented. [This review refers to an earlier version.] For the sake of disclosure, I do not hold to even one point of Calvinism. I reject Calvinism in whole and in every part. Nevertheless, this book easily gets five stars. It's my favorite reference on Calvinism.

This is the ultimate starting point if one desires to learn about Calvinism. The book is in three parts. Each part is succinct and concise. This is the Cliff's Notes of Calvinism.

Part one compares and contrasts the five points of Arminianism with the five points of Calvinism along with some brief historical information. Whether Arminianism is presented fairly or not is of little relevance, since this book is about Calvinism, not Arminianism. This is an excellent overview of the five points of Calvinism, and it serves to quickly lay the foundation for the rest of the book.

Part two presents the five points of Calvinism in a slightly expanded form with each point and sub-point supported by numerous Scriptures. This is the meatof the book as promised in the title. There are not a lot of philosophical arguments here, just statements of Calvinist doctrine, and Bible texts to support those statements with key words of the texts in italics. The is the best, most concise, presentation of Calvinism one is likely to find anywhere. I find it my most often used reference for Calvinist verses.

Part three is a listing of works on Calvinism for further study. There are references to general works, works concerning the particular points of Calvinism, and even pamphlets about Calvinism. This is an excellent compendium of Calvinist sources.

The appendix presents the Calvinist view of foreknowledge as found in Romans 8:29. The newer version has considerably more material.

When it comes to learning about Calvinism, there is no better starting place than this book. And, not only is this book the very best starting point, but the multitude of references will supply an ongoing source of Calvinist doctrine for those who wish to study further.
The 5 points  Dec 28, 2005
I received this book the day after Christmas and completed it the following day. It's definitely not an exhaustive book on the topic of Calvinism. However, the author makes it clear that wasn't his intention. If you are examining the topic for the first time this may be a good place to start. The book starts out by examining the 5 points of Arminianism next to the 5 points of Calvinism. Preceding the historical interdiction there is a short explanation for each of the 5 points following a string of scriptures. In the middle of the book is an exhaustive list of recommended books for further study. My favorite section of the whole book was the appendix. Out of the 8 sections of the appendix I most liked the section that answered the meaning of the word "Foreknew" in Romans 8:29...Another book outside of this one that conveys the Reformed stereological position is RC Sproul's book "Chosen by God" Sproul goes more into the philosophical questions that often arise with this topic.
The doctrine of grace introduced   Oct 17, 2005
" The five points of Calvinism" by Steele, Thomas & Quinn is a revised edition of the one done by Steele and Thomas. The first edition came out in 1933 and has been around and in use for 40 years. This edition is the 40th anniversary of the book. While I have just returned to Calvinism myself and not by means of this book. I have been reading books on Calvinism for the last 3 months and have read Piper, James White, R.C. Sproul and have just got a couple more books by others Calvinist. I would recommend this book be the first of your study in the doctrines of grace. This book is essential for your study in Calvinism because it defines Calvinism in the first section. It then goes through 200 verses out of a possible 400 to defend Calvinism, but with no exegesis offered by the authors because of the third section, which gives you the resources recommended.
I found the resources to be really extensive and helpful. I have used the recommended portion already and have obtained two books this passed weekend on Calvinism. Also there are a lot of appendices for the book that touch on other issues of Calvinism from theological issues to practical issues.

If you have never study this debate before, or if you have been on the Arminian camp and have never really look at the arguments for Calvinism, just misrepresentations, then get this book as your starter.

This book will do a great service to the body of Christ now and hopefully as well as it did for the first 40 years for the next 40 years and beyond until the next edition and update or until the LORD returns.

" To God Alone be the Glory"
The second best for the money  Aug 30, 2005
I found the book very easy to read and an excellant overview or survey of this teaching. I would highly recommend it for any one wishing to have a better understanding of "Calvinism" and these 5 points. Fred

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