Tuesday, May 26, 2009

"What's So Great About The Doctrines Of Grace?"

I love the doctrines of grace. I love total depravity, unconditional election, limited atonement, irresistible grace, and the perseverance of the saints. The reason I feel this way is that I believe these doctrines are biblical. Because of this, they glorify God to the fullest.

Richard Phillips agrees.

Phillips has written a short book (about 100 pages) that focuses upon these great doctrines. His text is entitled What's So Great About The Doctrines Of Grace?

If you are interested in an exhaustive look at these doctrines, this is not the text. However, if you are looking for a fairly basic overview of what some refer to as the 5-points-of-Calvinism, then this is the book for you. Phillips' book contains 6 chapters. The first focuses on the sovereignty of God in general. The remaining chapters each focus upon one of the points.

What I like best about this book is that Phillips does not write as some sort of intellectual who does not connect life and theology. Rather, Phillips has a writing style that makes him seem like a normal guy. Because of this, his love for these doctrines (and more importantly, for the God who created these doctrines) comes trough loud and clear.

This book would be good for anyone who wants to read about enjoying the doctrines of grace. I encourage you to both read it and enjoy it.


Slow Learner said...

I was glad to see your plug for Richard Phillips' book. I've had the privilege of hearing him speak at several Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals conferences when they were held in the west, and have always been impressed with him as a speaker, and in Q & A sessions. I've only read a couple of his books, but he is definitely on my list of authors that I hope to catch up with more as I have time.

Eric said...


What other books by Phillips do you like?