Sunday, December 17, 2006

Chosen but Free by Norman Geisler

Norman Geisler's “Chosen but Free” attempts to show a middle answer to the question of “How can God be Sovereign AND man still be responsible for his actions?” especially as it relates to salvation. An outline of the book looks like this (mostly from contents): (parenthesis are mine)

I.Who is in Charge? (Sovereignty of God)
II.Why blame me? (Man's free will)
III. Viewing the Alternatives
IV. Avoiding Extreme Calvinism (read historic Calvinism)
A.Definition of Extreme Calvinism (brief)
B.Avoiding Extreme Calvinism's view of Total Depravity
C.Avoiding Extreme Calvinism's view of Unconditional Election
V.Avoiding Extreme Calvinism (cont.)
A.Avoiding Extreme Calvinism's view of Limited Atonement
B.Extreme Calvinism's God is not really All-Loving
C.Avoiding Extreme Calvinism's view of Irresistible Grace
VI. Avoiding Extreme Arminianism
VII. A Plea for Moderation
VIII. What Difference does it Make?

This was altogether a poor book.
Geisler does not seem to really understand historic Calvinism, he often uses straw men or misrepresents his opponents, and he does not adequately deal with the biblical texts on his subject.

Read The Potter's Freedom by James R. White for a detailed analysis of this work.