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More Calvinistic Than Calvin? : Hardline Reformed Theology & the Malaysian Church (Hwa Yung, Lee Soo Tian, Lee Tat Yan & Lim Kar Yong) 9789670536897 – 2nd Printing


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Reformed theology has a long and distinguished heritage in history. Its roots are traceable back to John Calvin of the 16th century Protestant Reformation. At its best, it has shaped a solid church tradition, built great universities like Geneva, Harvard, Yale and Yonsei, and produced famous theologians like Jonathan Edwards and J. I. Packer, and outstanding preachers like Charles Simeon and Martyn Lloyd-Jones.
But just as tulips, the symbol of Reformed theology, come in a variety of colors, there is also great multiplicity within the Reformed tradition. Regretfully, some varieties have been marked by exclusivity and divisiveness. Recently, it appears that some with such views in the Malaysian church have caused serious divisions in some circles and much distress to those affected.
These exponents of hardline Reformed theology insist that their position is more firmly rooted in the Bible than all other traditions, and that they possess the most or only adequate understanding of the gospel. What this book seeks to show is that this claim is not supported by plain scriptural teachings, and that aspects of hardline Reformed theology owe more to alien philosophical arguments than the Bible itself. This is the key issue. Furthermore, the exclusive and divisive manner in which these hardline views are being promoted sadly demonstrates a lack of respect for Christians of other traditions.
This book calls on all Christians to find our faith on the solid rock of Scriptures and not false philosophies, to walk with humility and respect for each other’s traditions so long as we agree on the fundamentals, and to build a holy and united church together as we face the immense challenges before us. Soli DEO Gloria!


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Author:Hwa Yung, Lee Soo Tian, Lee Tat Yan & Lim Kar Yong
Publisher:Faith Books
Date:2023 (2nd Printing)
Size:21 cm x 14.7 cm

He is bishop Emeritus of the Methodist Church in Malaysia. He was Principal of Seminari Theoloji Malaysia for many years, and has also taught at Trinity Theological College, Singapore. Amongst other involvements in the past, he has served as the Chair of the Oxford Centre for Mission Studies Council and President of the International Fellowship of Evangelical Students.
He is a seminarian at St Paul’s Theological College, Kuala Lumpur, and works as a freelance writer and trainer. He holds a LLB from Reading and a PhD from London. His PhD thesis was published as Rethinking the University: Structure, Critique, Vocation (Oxford: Counterpress, 2018).
He is an ordained minister of the Assemblies of God (AG) Malaysia and has been the President of Bible College of Malaysia since January 2017. He is also an Executive Committee member of AG Malaysia and a concil member of the National Evangelical Christian Fellowship (NECF). He holds a MTh from Trinity Theological College, Singapore and a PhD in Divinity from Aberdeen. He thesis was published as Reading Johannine Dramatic Irony Through Ancient Dramatic Devices (Carlisle: Langham, 2021).
Phd (Wales) teaches New Testament Studies at Seminari Theoloji Malaysia (STM). He is the Dean of STM-KL Centre and the Director of Postgraduate Studies, He has written various books including The Sufferings of Christ Are Abundant in Us (Edinburgh: T&T Clark, 2009) and Metaphors and Social Identity Formation in Paul’s Letters to the Corinthians (Eugene, OR: Pickwick, 2017), and numerous academic essays. Dr Lim is also an Anglican priest with the Diocese of West Malaysia.




Chapter 1 Why This Book?

Chapter 2 The Historical Emergence of Reformed Theology 

Historical Background 
Predestination and Reformed Theology 
Responses to Reformed Theology as Represented by Beza and Other Reformed Writers 

A Hardline Reformed Theology?

Chapter 3 An Overview of Reformed Theology
Key Features of Reformed Theology
The Five Solas
Reformed Theology and Predestination (TULIP)
Summing Up

Chapter 4 A Response to Reformed Theology
Reformed Theology: Strengths and Weaknesses
The Predestination-Human Responsibility Debate: Is there a way forward?
The Way Forward

Chapter 5 Principled Yet Generous: A Paradigm for Life in the Body
Exemplified by J. I. Packer
An Exclusivist Approach vs. a Principled and Generous Approach
J. I. Packer: A Principled Yet Generous Reformed Theologian and Pastor

Chapter 6 Reformed Theology and the Supernatural
Reformed Theology: Miracles or God’s Providence
Understanding the Cessationist View
Are Miracles and Signs for Today?

Chapter 7 Conclusions
What Are Some Problems Faced by a Hardline Reformed Theology?
Does Hardline Reformed Theology Have a Monopoly on the Gospel?
The Contextual Nature of All Theologies, Including Reformed Theology
Can the Church Today Afford the Divisiveness of a Narrowly Defined Gospel?
Final Remarks 


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