Category: Reviews


Response to Jeffrey Johnson’s Review of David Allen, The Extent of the Atonement: A Historical and Critical Review (Nashville: B&H Academic, 2016) David L. Allen Dean, School of Preaching Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary   Let me first express my appreciation to Jeffrey Johnson for his review of my book The Extent of the Atonement (hereafter   …Continue Reading

Craig Blaising’s Critique of Gentry & Wellum’s Kingdom Through Covenant at ETS

Craig Blaising is Vice President and Provost, Professor of Theology, and the Jesse Hendley Chair of Biblical Theology at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Blaising offered an evaluation and critique of Gentry and Wellum’s book Kingdom Through Covenant (KTC) Thursday afternoon at the Evangelical Theological Society meeting in San Diego. Gentry and Wellum, who teach at   …Continue Reading

Review of John Piper’s Chapter in “From Heaven He Came & Sought Her” – Part 2

Definite Atonement & the Free Offer of the Gospel. Piper asserts his belief that the free offer of the gospel to all people is one of the “benefits” or “intentions” of God in the atonement (657-664). Scripture teaches the “free offer” of the gospel to all. But this is not something that the atonement itself   …Continue Reading

Review of John Piper’s Chapter in “From Heaven He Came & Sought Her,” Part 1

The final chapter in From Heaven He Came and Sought Her covers the subject of preaching and definite atonement. John Piper does the honors. This chapter is a fitting conclusion to the book as Piper attempts to show that preaching definite atonement redounds to the glory of God.   Introduction (633-637). Piper asserts three things   …Continue Reading

Review of Sinclair Ferguson’s Chapter on Limited Atonement & Assurance in “From Heaven He Came & Sought Her”

Sinclair Ferguson’s chapter appears in the practical section of the volume and addresses the issue of assurance in pastoral ministry from the perspective of limited atonement. The bulk of the chapter is an analysis and critique of the 19th century Scottish Presbyterian pastor Macleod Campbell’s view of definite atonement and assurance. Campbell’s The Nature of   …Continue Reading

Review of Daniel Strange’s Chapter on Those Who Never Hear the Gospel in “From Heaven He Came and Sought Her”

The final three chapters in From Heaven He Came and Sought Her address practical matters. In this chapter, Daniel Strange deals with the issue of the unevangelized.   Introduction. In his introduction, Strange thinks universal atonement (UA) presents “insurmountable theological difficulties” (587). He suggests that unlimited atonement cannot be the basis of a well-meant gospel   …Continue Reading

Review of Henri Blocher, Chapter 20, “Systematic Theology of Definite Atonement” in From Heaven He Came and Sought Her

Blocher’s chapter is the final chapter in the section on theology, and appropriately so since he attempts to develop something of a systematic theology of definite atonement. The chapter is divided into five major sections, the first and last of which don’t deal specifically with the question at hand. Section one, “Prolegomena,” (542-47) is a   …Continue Reading

Review of Wellum’s Chapter “The New Covenant Work of Christ” in From Heaven He Came and Sought Her

Stephen Wellum addresses the subject of priesthood, atonement, and intercession in an effort to demonstrate that only definite atonement takes account of Christ’s unified priestly work: Christ only dies for the sins of those for whom he intercedes. In the introduction, Wellum states: “. . . all general atonement views must divide Christ’s unified priestly   …Continue Reading

Limited Atonement & the Double Payment Argument – Review of Williams’ Chapter in From Heaven He Came and Sought Her

In chapter 18, Garry Williams addresses the double payment argument. Owen’s Double Payment Argument. Classically formulated by John Owen, the double payment argument asserts that God’s justice does not allow the same sin to be punished twice, first in Christ and then in the sinner. Owen’s defense of this argument employs a commercialistic understanding of   …Continue Reading

Does Penal Substitution Entail Limited Atonement? Review of Williams’ Chapter 17 in From Heaven He Came and Sought Her

Garry Williams writes the next two chapters on penal substitution and the double payment argument. The upshot of these two chapters is an attempt to argue the point that penal substitution entails definite atonement and that the double payment argument (that God cannot demand payment for sin twice) is a valid construct and supports definite   …Continue Reading