E. Earl Carver, son of the author, has given Reformation Publishers written permission to publish this book in electronic formats.This volume offers ample evidence of extensive research, detailed organization, and deep insight into the issuesMoreE.
Earl Carver, son of the author, has given Reformation Publishers written permission to publish this book in electronic formats.This volume offers ample evidence of extensive research, detailed organization, and deep insight into the issues involved as well as insight into the scriptures. Professor Carver’s treatment moves historically from the writings of the Ante-Nicene Fathers, to around 450 (Augustine), and on to the teachings of Calvin himself.
The final section deals with Calvinism, including what the author calls “modified Calvinism,” as it developed after the time of Calvin.The author maintains that the so-called “five points of Calvinism were not a part of the teachings of the early church or its writers of record, that Augustine originally did not teach any of these particular doctrines (although he did agree with certain ones of them in his later writings), and that “for over two centuries now the majority of Christians have rejected some of the five points of Calvinism, and many others have rejected all of them” (Author’s Preface, p.
ix). Throughout the book, the author, at appropriate points, assesses and evaluates the teachings under consideration in the light of other teachings of the church and its writers, and of the ultimate authority – the Scriptures. In the final section, this latter element is a major factor, as he examines the “modified Calvinism” of more recent times. One of the more important aspects of the work is the informed, lucid, and forthright treatment which the author gives to the issues involved in the Calvinist-Arminian controversy, which has influenced and continues to influence (and confuse) a large number of believers.Reviewed by Gene Miller, B.A., M.Div., Ph.D.