Book: What the Bible Says About Salvation and the Sovereignty of God by Doug Erlandsoncategories: Book, Calvinism, Reformed Theology, Arminian, Christianity, Salvation, Grace, Bible, Atonement, Salvation and Election, Christian Doctrine, Sovereignty of God
Doug Erlandsonabout this book: This book addresses the issue of the relationship between God's sovereignty and the salvation of human beings. In particular, it examines the Arminian and the Reformed (Calvinist) answers to the role of God and the role of human beings in the process of salvation. I have tried to present both sides fairly; however, I argue that the Reformed answer is consistent with what the Bible says, whereas the Arminian answer is not.
More particularly, I look at what both sides say about the extent of human sinfulness, the basis for election, the extent of the atonement, the efficacious nature of grace, and whether or not we can lose our salvation.
This book is clearly written in a jargon-free fashion so that the layperson without any philosophical or theological background can read and understand it. Although I believe scholars can benefit from reading this book, my primary audience is the ordinary Christian who is interested in the topic and wants to get a general overview that is based in Scripture.
Naming this book was a challenge. We wrestled with this for some time because this book is the first in a series. We decided to call the series "Christian Controversies."
We also wanted to make it clear that I am basing what I write on the Bible; thus, we decided to use the term "What the Bible Says About . . . " as the part of the title that would be common to all the volumes. Since the main theme of this first volume is the relationship between God's sovereignty and the process of salvation, we decided to call this book "What the Bible Says About Salvation and the Sovereignty of God."
Making sure that I was fair to the Arminian position and stating its objections to the Reformed position in the strongest possible form was harder than was anything else I tackled in this book. I believe I accomplished this and trust the reader will find all of this quite helpful in understanding the biblical position.
If it is possible, I became even more convinced than ever of the Reformed position on God's sovereignty in our salvation. Plus, I came even more fully to appreciate what a comforting and reassuring view the Reformed position is.
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