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Antinomianism (2013)

by Mark Jones(Favorite Author)
4.33 of 5 Votes: 3
1596388153 (ISBN13: 9781596388154)
Presbyterian and Reformed
review 1: Parts of this book were hard slogging, and there was a bit of an over emphasis on history vs. addressing a current issue, but it's a worthwhile read. Most helpful was the chapter "Amor, Amor" in which he discusses the difference between God's love of benevolence, beneficence and delight/"friendship (amor complacentiae vel amicitiae), whereby he rewards his people according to their holiness." That is he distinguishes carefully between our justification and sanctification and how God relates to his people based on their good works and holiness. Also very helpful were his discussions of how the gospel both offers rewards and threatens.Both Samuel and Jesus grew in favor with God and man.
review 2: Much to my surprise this turned out to be a gem of a book. Author
... more Mark Jones tackles the long standing debate over the validity of God’s law in the Christian life. Jones begins the book by tracing a quick history of the 17th century debates between the neonomians, antinomians and what the author refers to as the traditional reformed understanding of the use of the law. I found this book to be very helpful in addressing the distinction between good works in relation to salvation (justification) ,and the actions of the believer after salvation (sanctification.) Jones added a fresh take to this somewhat tiresome debate - that bridges the gap between salvation by works and salvation by faith alone in a thoroughly orthodox reformed manner. The law the author maintains is a requirement we must keep in order to know how to please God. Christ kept the law perfectly in human form and therefor set the example for us as believers. To do good works makes our Lord happy, and therefore our life must show forth good works. We know what good works are by understanding and obeying the law.) It is important to mention that in our fallen state this is impossible to do perfectly, but God is pleased because of Christ’s perfect life even though our good works are soiled by sin. There are only two criticisms I have of this book. First, I found the authors use of Latin phrases distracting making the prose choppy at times. Secondly, though he uses the term “moral law” he never quite clarifies what he truly means by the term law. That being said I may have missed this clarification in the early pages of the book. I highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a basic introduction to the validity of the law and works vs grace debates. less
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Very helpful book on a very relevant topic. Concise and well written.
Very good, especially the chapter on God's love
A very helpful book on a very prevalent issue.
Very important and helpful book.
Great read
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