Why I Am Not a Calvinist, By Jerry L. Walls and Joseph R. Dongell
Why I Am Not a Calvinist
  • Length: 232 pages
  • Dimensions: 5.5 × 8.25 in
  • Published: March 26, 2004
  • Imprint: IVP
  • Item Code: 3249
  • ISBN: 9780830832491

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What's wrong with Calvinism?

Since the Reformation, Calvinism has dominated much of evangelical thought. It has been so well established that many Christians simply assume it to be the truest expression of Christian doctrine. But Calvinism has some serious biblical and theological weaknesses that unsettle laypeople, pastors and scholars alike.

God is sovereign. All evangelical Christians--whether Arminians or Calvinists--have no doubt about this fundamental truth. But how does God express his sovereignty? Is God a master puppeteer, pulling our strings? Or has he graciously given his children freedom to respond to his love?

In this eminently readable book, Jerry L. Walls and Joseph R. Dongell explore the flaws of Calvinist theology. Why I Am Not a Calvinist is a must-read for all who struggle with the limitations of this dominant perspective within evangelical theology.

"Without the usual rancor, hysteria and triumphalism, Walls and Dongell offer a clear and forceful biblical and philosophical case for Arminianism. This book is a welcome and important contribution to the recent upsurge in discussions of Calvinism and Arminianism."

Kelly James Clark, Professor of Philosophy, Calvin College

"The biblical, theological and rational case against Calvinism has never been stated more clearly, concisely, irenically or convincingly."

Roger E. Olson, Professor of Theology, George W. Truett Theological Seminary, Baylor University

"Walls and Dongell present an exceptional blend of careful scholarship, readable presentation, uncompromising conviction, and graceful opposition in their forcefully argued book Why I Am Not a Calvinist. Points that make this a book well worth buying and reading include the following: The book demonstrates well the often overlooked fact that the issues between Calvinism and Arminianism are not primarily exegetical but theological and even philosophical. This task is ably accomplished by the combination of an exegetical scholar and a theological philosopher in the authorial team--an ideal amalgamation for such a book. The book clearly identifies and explains the most powerful problems for Calvinism--conceptual problems with the notion of freedom, logical consistency problems and problems of ingenuous application of Calvinist theology to Christian life. While clearly and unapologetically non-Calvinist, the authors are most assuredly not anti-Calvinist. Their treatment of Calvinism and Calvinists is always in the spirit of Christian love, acceptance, understanding and unity. The book is very timely, given the central debates in contemporary conservative and evangelical theology and the resurgence of pro-Calvinist sentiment over the last two decades."

Dr. James F. Sennett, Professor of Philosophy and Interdisciplinary Studies, Lincoln Christian College and Seminary

"An honest and polite articulation of why these two thinkers are not Calvinists. Useful reading and thought provoking."

Myk Habets, Pacific Journal of Baptist Research


1. Approaching the Bible
2. Engaging the Bible
3. Calvinism and the Nature of Human Freedom
4. Calvinism and Divine Sovereignty
5. Calvinism and Consistency
6. Calvinism and the Christian Life
Names Index
Subject Index
Scripture Index


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Jerry L. Walls

Jerry L. Walls is professor of philosophy of religion at Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky. His annual C. S. Lewis seminar is one of the school's most popular offerings. He is also author of Hell: The Logic of Damnation.

Dongell is professor of biblical studies at Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky.