CROSSWAY BOOKS BY D. A. CARSON. For the Love of God, Volumes 1 and 2. Letters Along the Way (co-author, John D. Woodbridge). The Difficult Doctrine of . The Difficult Doctrine of the Love of God by D.A. Carson is just a short book (96 pages) that is drawn from four lectures he delivered in The Difficult Doctrine of the Love of God has ratings and reviews. Demetrius said: Carson shows that the word ‘love’ has semantic range, but I.

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The Difficult Doctrine of the Love of God

We see some distinguishing elements to God’s love too. I enjoyed the book. Two illustrations should suffice. Those pieces also made it easier for me to understand the concepts. God’s particular, effective, selecting love toward his elect. He is able to do.

Three Preliminary Observations on These Distinctive Ways of Talking About the Love of God i Problems ensure if one of e.a.carson 5 ways are granted hermeneutical priority by which the other ways of talking about God’s live are relativized. Chapter 3 Carson tries to establish three points in this chapter. God’s yearning love for rebellious humanity not because God needs us but because he is love.

By picking and choosing the aspects of God we like, we are treading on dangerous ground, and Carson eloquently and sensitively walks the reader through a way back to true understanding. But in another sense we are to love it by going through it and presenting the gospel. We say that God feels the emotions that we feel, and through this we purge God of anything uncomfortable.

In love he predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will Yet it does so without losing its personal emphasis: God’s wrath was brought foreword in time in the OT.

The Difficult Doctrine of the Love of God – Tim Challies

He has been at Trinity since Carson begins by outlining five reasons why this is a difficult doctrine. Carson has definitely accomplished that with this book. Oct 17, David Sarkies rated it it was ok Recommends it for: Carson poses three cultural and two theological reasons for its complexity: Perfectly short and selective. Now this book, as can be seen from the title, is about the Love of God and through this rather short book he struggles with what the Bible actually means by God’s love.


I am to love my neighbor and my wife. Often niches of contemporary pop culture determine what it is to be “loving. Carson gives 5 reasons: Chapter 1 Carson uses three sections to explain why the doctrine of God’s love, of all doctrines! Before making his case for what the love of God looks like, Carson grapples with the distortion of the love of God.

Certainly, God loves and is love; toddlers and adults alike can taste this truth with ease. He has served as assistant pastor and pastor and has done itinerant ministry in Canada and the United Kingdom.

No trivia or quizzes yet. The only reason it is 4 stars instead of 5 stars is due to the length. A helpful and thought-provoking analysis of the part love plays in God’s character, Carson’s careful exegesis and insight provide food for thought in a context where the love of God is taken for granted, set in opposition to any idea of wrath, and caricatured easily.

There were some things I really liked about this book, in particular how he talked about five aspects of God’s love, and the danger of absolutizing any one of them.

Granted, there is the basic concept of Christ dying for our sins so that through the grace of God and our faith in him, we are granted eternal life, but even then that is not all that simple. Christianity in all its forms has always been a faith that is open to all. In the first, he addresses the question as to why the doctrine is difficult and how it has been distorted.

Carson is an active guest lecturer in academic and church settings around the world. There is much more that he could say on the subject, and I wish he had.

What I took away from reading this was There were some things I really liked about this book, in particular how he talked about five aspects of God’s love, and the danger of absolutizing any one of them. The provid We tend to oversimplify and to sentimentalize the love of God. An excellent book on the love of God. Postmodern society has failed to note the distinctives addressed above and with that have attacked the concept of divine wrath.


However emotional it may be it is entirely reasonable and willed response to offenses against his holiness. If you would like to write a letter to the editor, you can do so here. And to what end did he write this book? Carson expounds on how one should not proceed when trying to figure out some teaching of the Bible, and then on how we should proceed, he then offers conclusing reflections.

The Difficult Doctrine of the Love of God is not an exhaustive study of the theology of divine love, nor of its implications for the church in a postmodern society. I had to preach on the unconditional love of God and found this book as I was preparing.

He also explores the nature of whether God hates just sin, or the sinners that commit the sin as well. Is it a question of God loving everything on one level, and the elect on another it is clear from this book that Carson is a Calvinistor is there a consistent love of God. Instead, I will simply say God loves those who love him, though we must remember that God’s love is not reciprocal, meaning that it does not only respond to somebody who loves him, but rather it is unconditional, namely that it is freely offered to those who want it, and it is through that that our relationship with God is formed.

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