Blogging might be easier now since I have an iPod touch for the time being, though typing will be a bit slower being that I can only use my thumbs. Anyway, along with blogging, I should be able to read some books because I can have them on iBooks and kindle. One of the “books” I found was the The Reformed Faith by Loraine Boettner. I found it through Monergism.com, pointed by Tim Challies (http://www.challies.com/).

The Reformed Faith was a good quick read. I was able to read it within the day. It summarizes the views of the reformed faith and it starts with the sovereignty of God. For me, that is a great relief to find something that starts with God. God centered verses man centered. Even the five points can be used to be man centered. It starts with man as the Five Points of Calvinism with total depravity.
This booklet doesn’t actually follow the five points.
The contents are as follows with summaries for each section:

1. The Sovereignty of God
This is the first section is my favorite. It looks at God’s total and complete sovereignty even over the sinful actions of man.

2. Man’s Totally Helpless Condition
This section essentially examines total depravity and looks at the condition of man and looks at it from the view of headship and Adam as our head and the test he went through on to see of his faith in God like all the Angels did.

3. Christ’s Atonement
This section looks at the limited of Christ’s atonement from both theological views. The Arminianist view limits the power of the cross by making it available to all people leaving the last decision to be saved by the sinner. The Calvinist view limits who the atonement applies to. The arminian view leaves things up to man while the calvin view leaves things up to God giving God glory.

4. The Foreknowledge of Go
In this section he shows that with foreknowledge that Arminians actually shoot themselves in the foot because if they believe if it’s foreknowledge then it’s already all been determined anyway like fate.

5. The Universalistic Passages
This is a great section. What it does it look at the passages of the bible Arminians use to prove their side or try to refute Calvinism. He looks at them in context and concludes that they are referring to the elected believers from every tribe, tongue, and nation, not each individual person. I thoroughly enjoyed this section and think every believer should keep this notes on hand.

6. The Two Systems Contrasted
In this section the author compares the five points of Calvinism to the five points of Arminianism. He quotes David N. Steele and Curtis Thomas on this saying that they have the best summary of the two sides. The two summaries they give for each side are below.

According to Arminianism:
Salvation is accomplished through the combined efforts of God (who takes the initiative) and man (who must respond) – man’s response being the determining factor. God has provided salvation for everyone, but His provision becomes effective only for those who, of their own free will, “choose” to cooperate with Him and accept His offer of grace. At the crucial point, man’s will plays a decisive role; thus man, not God, determines who will be recipients of the gift of salvation.

According to Calvinism:
Salvation is accomplished by the almighty power of the Triune God. The Father chose a people, the Son died for them, the Holy Spirit makes Christ’s death effective by bringing the elect to faith and repentance, thereby causing them to willingly obey the gospel. The entire process (election, redemption, regeneration) is the work of God and is by grace alone. Thus God, not man, determines who will be the recipients of the gift of salvation.

I highly recommend any Christian read this article, whether Calvinist, Arminian, or someone that claims to hold neither view. It could shed light and gave me personally some thoughts I’ve never thought of before. It can be downloaded here as either an ePub or mobi file: http://www.monergism.com/thethreshold/articles/onsite/free-ebooks.html. It can also be bought on monergism as a physical booklet.