He Shines in All That's Fair: Culture and Common Grace

He Shines in All That s Fair Culture and Common Grace How do Christians account for the widespread presence of goodness in a fallen world Different theological perspectives have presented a range of answers to this fundamental question over the centuries

  • Title: He Shines in All That's Fair: Culture and Common Grace
  • Author: Richard J. Mouw
  • ISBN: 9780802821119
  • Page: 230
  • Format: Paperback
  • How do Christians account for the widespread presence of goodness in a fallen world Different theological perspectives have presented a range of answers to this fundamental question over the centuries In He Shines in All That s Fair Richard Mouw brings the historic insights of Calvinism to bear on this question and reinterprets them for a broader audience at the turn ofHow do Christians account for the widespread presence of goodness in a fallen world Different theological perspectives have presented a range of answers to this fundamental question over the centuries In He Shines in All That s Fair Richard Mouw brings the historic insights of Calvinism to bear on this question and reinterprets them for a broader audience at the turn of the twenty first century.Mouw examines long standing Reformed arguments between those who champion the doctrine of common grace and those who emphasize an antithesis between the church and the world Defenders of common grace account for the goodness in the world by insisting that God s grace goes beyond salvation to general gifts of beauty, virtue, and excellence to all human beings including those who do not believe in God Those who reject the doctrine of common grace, on the other hand, emphasize the fallenness of the world and the need for the church to maintain a dramatic contrast to it These divergent theological perspectives, while seemingly remote and abstract, lead to questions with very practical implications What common ground do Christians share with those outside the faith How should Christian treat their non Christian neighbors How should Christians relate to the world around them Does God disapprove when Christians form close friendships with people who are of the world Ought Christians to identify with the joys and sorrows o

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    About “Richard J. Mouw

    • Richard J. Mouw

      Richard John Mouw is a theologian and philosopher He held the position of President at Fuller Theological Seminary for 20 years 1993 2013 , and continues to hold the post of Professor of Faith and Public Life.

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    • This book came highly recommended by someone in the know as a good introduction to common grace theology, a theme I decided I d do well to actually study a bit, rather than just carrying around in my head various muddled thoughts about what I took it to mean It s a small, 101 page book, and as an introduction to such an enormous topic, it s a delight to read, and it really packs a punch.Mouw sets the stage by describing two distinct Christian camps those who tend to emphasize what Christians and [...]


    • Not a Scripture study, and Mouw always makes me a bit nervous, but this book contains some very helpful historical and theological reflections Here s a paragraph that might summarize the book We do not make our witness in the larger world on the assumption that humankind has been made receptive to the truth of the gospel by some kind of across the board upgrade We proceed with caution, knowing that the rebellious manifesto of our first parents We shall be as gods still echoes all around us But [...]


    • This set of lectures on common grace package a lot of theology into a very readable short book Mouw explores the history of the common grace motif in Calvinist thought, focusing on the line of Kuyper He processes the common objections to the idea of common grace coming from Reformed theologians who aren t receptive to the idea, but also acknowledges the resources enjoyed by other Christian traditions that Calvinists give up to maintain their view of sovereignty and sin His chapter on the infra s [...]


    • Even though common grace is typically viewed as the brainchild of Calvinists, I didn t realize just how much this book would be confined to that specific theological stream Richard Mouw was already preaching to the converted he notes most Christians affirm concepts such as general revelation and natural law with me This book is most useful for Calvinists in thinking about how to interact with culture especially in light of the intralapsarian and supralapsarian debate and Mouw presents a irenic [...]


    • Another fantastic piece by Mouw Learned a lot about the common grace controversy in the Dutch tradition and how the Protestant Reformed Church in America rejects the notion Mouw is supremely irenic without losing his nerve or his convictions Some of his reflections on God s delight in those things that are common between believer and unbeliever are deeply challenging to the way we Calvinists sometimes lean too heavily on the side of comprehensive depravity for interpreting life to the detriment [...]


    • This book is formed from a collection of lectures given by Mouw on the themes of Calvinism, culture, and common grace in particular common grace might be expressed in culture It doesn t build to a conclusion, really it is a set of explorations that serve to illuminate a way of thinking about these topics by exploring them from a variety of angles while clearing away a good deal of theological underbrush that impedes clear analysis There is a lot of useful work done here, but the lack of any cle [...]


    • To go on mission in our context, we must discern the difference between common grace and special grace The sun rises and sets on the just and the unjust There is no special calling to love your neighbor There are no special favorites in God s kingdom, only special gifts with which to love our neighbors Mouw refines and sharpens our vision for going on mission in our culture.


    • There is a lot packed into this short book of only 100 pages These essays were originally presented as a lecture series at Calvin College Read it to learn about common grace and culture, as well as things such as supralapsarian and infralapsarian


    • Some good explanations, but still a heady bookhave to re read stuff and then i m not sure i completely understand which is of a comment on me than on the author.




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