Does it really matter?
Does it matter if we have free will? Does it matter if Calvinism is true? And does what you think about it matter? No and yes.
No, it doesn't matter because God is who he is and does what he does regardless of what we think of him, just as the solar system keeps spinning around the sun even if we're convinced it spins around the earth. Our opinions about God will not change God, but they can change us. And so yes, it does matter because the conversations about free will and Calvinism confront us with perhaps the only question that really matters: who is God?
This is a book about that question--a book about the Bible, black holes, love, sovereignty, hell, Romans 9, Jonathan Edwards, John Piper, C. S. Lewis, Karl Barth, and a little girl in a red coat. You've heard arguments, but here's a story--Austin Fischer's story, and his journey in and out of Calvinism on a trip to the center of the universe.
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About the Author
Austin Fischer is Teaching Pastor at Vista Community Church. He and his wife, Allison, live in Temple, Texas. He speaks and writes and you can follow him on Twitter @austintfischer or online at purpletheology.com.
Table of Contents
Foreword Scot McKnight ix
Introduction: Black Holes 1
1 A Blind Date with Calvinism 7
2 Roots of Certainty, Seeds of Doubt 13
3 One Hell of a Problem (The Girl in the Red Coat) 18
4 God Made Impossible 29
5 The Crucified God 37
6 The Glory of God (Is) the Glory of Love 51
7 Free Will, Kenosis, and a Peculiar Kind of Sovereignty 61
8 Monsters in the Basement 72
9 Walking With a Limp 84
10 Young, Restless, and… 92
11 Taming the Tiger (A.K.A. Romans 9) 99
Epilogue: Lights Out 107