As I posted late last week, Whosoever Will: A Biblical-Theological Critique of Five-Point Calvinism edited by Drs. David Allen and Steve Lemke and published by B&H Publishing Group is already on backorder (//link). More good news is,
reviews are beginning to come in with positive results. The Southern Baptist TEXAN has two reviews, one by TEXAN correspondent, David Roach and the other by Editor, Gary Ledbetter (respectively here and here).
Of the volume overall, Ledbetter concludes:
“Some who read articles by members of the Founders’ movement or hear messages from the Calvinistic conferences I mentioned have frankly wondered if there are deep and scholarly responses to the arguments of Reformed Baptists. To me, these articles are a fine answer to the question”
And, of David Allen’s chapter on Limited Atonement, Ledbetter candidly describes:
“Co-editor David Allen’s article on limited atonement is scholarly, thorough, and devastating to the teaching that Christ died for only the few. His quotes from Calvinist scholars, including Jonathan Edwards, John Bunyan, and even John Calvin himself, while no substitute for biblical exegesis (also part of Allen’s chapter), certainly loosens the foundation of this doctrine”
Borrowing Ledbetter’s descriptor, I would add the devastating effect David Allen’s contribution alone poses for Founders theological historiography is yet to be realized. Founders has insisted full Five-Point Calvinism is the only real Calvinism there is, either outside or inside the Southern Baptist Convention. One may be Calvinistic but not Calvinist unless all five points are maintained (//link //link).
Another important albeit less publicized volume which critiques Founders' type Calvinism is by Dr. Kenneth Keathley, Professor of Theology and Dean of Graduate Studies at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, the volume entitled Salvation & Sovereignty: A Molinist Approach also published by B&H Publishing Group. Check out the link at the top of this page (right sidebar). Dr. Keathley is furthermore a contributor to Whosoever Will.
With that, I am...