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 by D.A. Carson
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Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. At first thought, understanding the doctrine of the love of God seems simple compared to trying to fathom other doctrines like that of the Doctirne or predestination.
Especially since the overwhelming majority of those who believe in God view Him as a loving being. That is precisely what makes this doctrine so difficult. The only aspect of God’s character the world still bel At first thought, understanding the doctrine of the love of God seems simple compared to trying to fathom other doctrines like that of the Trinity or predestination.
The only aspect of God’s character the world still believes in is His love. His holiness, His sovereignty, His wrath are often rejected as being incompatible with a “loving” God.
Because pop culture has so distorted and secularized God’s love, many Christians have lost a biblical understanding of it and, in turn, lost a vital means to knowing who God is. The Difficult Doctrine of the Love of God seeks to restore what we have lost. In this treatment of many of the Bible’s passages regarding divine love, noted evangelical scholar D. Carson not only critiques sentimental ideas such as “God hates the sin but loves the sinner,” but provides a compelling perspective on the nature of God and why He loves as He does.
Carson blends his discourse with discussion of how God’s sovereignty and holiness complete the biblical picture of who He is and how He loves. In doing away with trivialities and cliches, this work gets to the heart of this all-important doctrine from an unflinching evangelical perspective.
Yet it does so without losing its personal emphasis: Paperback93 pages. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. What is this book about? Lists with This Book. Jul 08, Demetrius Rogers rated it did not like it Shelves: Carson shows that the word ‘love’ has semantic range, but I found his way of categorizing texts to be fairly subjective and strongly guided by Reformed presuppositions.
To me this was a frustrating read because I take Carson to be a brilliant expositor, but his generalizations and inconsistencies seemed fairly patent. For example, the guiding principle of his book was to nuance the word ‘love’ agapaoyet when juxtaposing John 3: And to what end did he write this book?
I don’t think he ever made that clear, other than perhaps placing the love of God on a scale – the strongest being intra-trinitarian love and the weakest being for the reprobate. Oct 17, David Sarkies rated it it was ok Recommends it for: Christians who can handle Don Carson.
Don Carson and his difficult doctrines 24 October I am going to sound very heretical by saying this but I have yet to be impressed by a Don Carson book.
Granted, Carson is probably a great theologian, and many people say that they have been greatly encouraged by his books, and when he speaks he probably does have a substantial drawing power when he came to Melbourne, each of his talks were sold out. Okay, I did found his daily devotionals quite helpful but the other books that I have read Don Carson and his difficult doctrines 24 October I am going to sound very heretical by saying this but I have yet to be impressed by a Don Carson book.
The Difficult Doctrine of the Love of God – Tim Challies
Okay, D.a.carsn did found his daily devotionals quite helpful but the other books that I have read of his and this probably makes it number four, including his two daily devotional books I have found quite dry and, to be honest, boring. 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. 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.
He also explores the nature of whether God hates just sin, or the sinners that commit the sin as well.
I will agree that this is a difficult doctrine, but then again when has anything about Christianity been simple. 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. What is grace, and how do we have faith?
Though despite all of these difficult doctrines, Christianity is embraced by people from all walks, many of them having the simple faith of the child that Christ praises.
Christianity is not just a faith for the intellectuals, and we even see this in the biblical account where scoffers laugh at Paul when he speaks on the Rock of Ares the Aeropagus, or Mars Hill in Athens.
We are also told that to the Jews the message is blasphemous while to the Greeks it is foolish, however it was embraced by slave and freeman alike, both the wealthy and the poor, as well as the intelligent and the simple. Christianity in all its forms has always been a faith that is open to all.
But what about the love of God? Isn’t God love, and doesn’t God love us all. Well yes and no. However, I say no because the deeper form of love, that of a love between two individuals and I am not talking about sexual love, but rather about a familial bond between two friends is reserved for those who love him. Carson says that it is those he chooses, but then we get into another difficult doctrine, and that is of predestination.
Now that is most definitely a difficult doctrine and will be left for another day. 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. Well, Foreigner, if you want to know what love really is then you need to look at God because God is Love.
Now, that is a pretty vague statement because how can an object God be a concept Love. I don’t think it means that though because what John is saying is that if we want to know what love is just as Foreigner asks then we must look at God and what he did on the cross.
As it says in the Bible ‘greater love hath no man than he give up his life for another’. That is what Christ did on the cross, taking the full punishment that was due to us upon himself so that we might re-enter that relationship with God. Jan 14, Eli rated it it was amazing. This is an excellent, level-headed reflection upon the God of love as He is revealed in Scripture.
We need more theologians like D. Carson who can handle the Bible with care, intelligently yet with real feeling, and who are brave enough to hold to the difficult doctrines of word of God. This book will yield many insights for all those who are willing to consider thoughtfully what he has to say.
Carson discusses five different aspects of the love of God: We need to realize that God’s love means many things and not just one thing, and that all the different aspects of God’s love, as they are found in Scripture, are complementary to each other.
I did take some issue with Carson’s view on the fifth aspect of the love God God’s disciplining love for His peoplebut this doesn’t spoil the overall thesis of the book and won’t keep me from recommending it. The book also has many helpful things to say about the relationship between the love of God and God’s other attributes and perfections. God’s manifold perfections are in harmony and not at variance with each other.
His perfections do not become subsumed and lost in the love of God, nor does His love get subsumed and lost in His many perfections. This is critical to understand, as our culture and much of Christendom too often embraces a notion of “the love thhe God” that fails to do justice to the “God” of love.
When we fail to uphold the truth of “God”, we lose both God and His love altogether. Here he offers a realistic and sober analysis of the tired debate and puts forth a solution for both Arminians and Calvinists that should, in my opinion, be embraced by all as a much needed correction.
When all the different aspects of the love of God are understood and given their due, we can affirm both that God loves and sent Christ to die for all people, while at the same time affirm the special intent of God in effectively rescuing His elect.
Any person wishing to study the love of God which should be us all! It should be required reading. May more and more people attain to the Scriptural view of the difficult doctrine of the love of God, well-expressed in this book by D. Dec 28, Bruno rated it really liked it Shelves: We tend to oversimplify and to sentimentalize the love of God.
The Bible describes God’s love in five different facets. We need to keep them all in mind and not focus on one to the exclusion of the others. Within the trinity the love of the Father for the Son and the Son for the Father. The provid We tend to oversimplify and to sentimentalize the love of God. The providential love of God where he provides the just and the unjust. For he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.
God’s yearning love for rebellious humanity not because God needs us but because he is love. God’s love for the elect ” In love he predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will God’s disciplinary love for his children. May 09, John rated it it was amazing. DA Carson is one of the clearest and deepest thinkers in the Reformed evangelical world.
In The Difficult Doctrine of the Love of God Carson tackles what is perhaps the most difficult issue for Reformed thinkers to grapple with: Before making his case for what the love of God looks like, Carson grapples with the distortion of the love of God.
First, Carson lays out what is his most significant contribution in the book: In doing so, Carson comes to grips with the multitude of ways God is talked about scripturally.
The Difficult Doctrine of the Love of God
It is a surprisingly difficult task that Carson has an elegant solution for. Carson suggests that encapsulating all other loves is the intra-Trinitarian love of God. There is nothing that God has made that he does not love. Carson asserts that we have made too much of distinctions between phileo and agape and that more important is the way all of these loves reflect out the intra-Trinitarian love to us: Receiving love, so has he loved.