A Book Review by Naomi Downing
There is no question that we live in an age of weak theology and casual Christianity. The evidence of the blurring of our faith and culture is everywhere. We have substituted intuition for truth, feeling for belief, and immediate gratification for enduring hope. Evangelicalism desperately needs to denounce this ultimately self-centered view of faith and place Christ and his cross at the center of its vision again. This will happen when we return to the gospel foundation with its doctrines of radical depravity, unconditional election, particular redemption, efficacious grace, and preserving grace.
Two noted pastors not only provide a compelling exposition on these doctrines, but also look briefly at their historical impact. As James Boice and Philip Ryken consider the current challenges, they leave no doubt that the church suffers when these essential truths are neglected. Only in a faith that is practical-minded, kind heated, and Bible- based will we recover what we have lost in this postmodern world.
This book, The Doctrines of Grace, is filled with information—without being awkwardly large. (easier for bookworms to carry around . 😉 ) While some people know, and maybe grew up on, the acronym TULIP (Total depravity, Unconditional election, Limited atonement, Irresistible grace, and Persevering of the saints), this book takes it into a new light. It doesn’t contradict TULIP, but merely expands on it. Even if you don’t exactly believe them for yourself, The Doctrines of Grace would be a great read to further expand your knowledge. It could be a dry read at times, but it was filled with information!
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Downing is a homeschooled high school student who live on a small farm in the middle of no where. She enjoys reading, writing, taking pictures and dreaming about her future. She blogs at naomiandbooks.wordpress.com.