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The Doctrines That Divide: A Fresh Look at the Historic Doctrines That Separate Christians

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Christian doctrine is a vital part of the gospel message, but certain doctrinal beliefs have divided the church for centuries. Lutzer examines various controversies that exist within the broad spectrum of Christianity, presenting the historical background of the issue and the biblical understanding of the doctrine. Chapters include "Predestination or Free Will?" "Justifica ...more
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Published September 24th 1998 by Kregel Publications (first published September 1998)
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Well, I think this book finally brought me around to becoming a five point Calvinist. The four chapter's on predestination vs. free will were simple to read while covering weighty subject matter. I felt the counter aurguement was given a fair discussion without being belittleing. In the early chapter's it also delinated some early heresy's (nature of Christ) and then discussed some protestant vs. catholic issues. Lutzer does not try to hide his position (protestant and reformed) but I think does ...more
A summary of several doctrinal disputes within Christianity. The first couple of chapters deal with some Christological controversies from early in Church history (which I suppose could be useful for dealing with the arguments of modern cults); the next three deal with doctrines that divide Protestants and Roman Catholics; another two deal with topics that don't have neat denominational dividing lines; the remaining (and largest part of the book) deals with the dispute between Arminianism and Ca ...more
Chris Bloom
I have mixed reactions to this book, and I acknowledge that this is based largely on my own presuppositions coming into it. Lutzer is undeniably an engaging writer, and leaves the reader in no doubt as to where he stands on the various issues discussed in the book.

The first half, which deals largely with issues related to the Roman Catholic Church, was a quick and easy read for me, as it merely reinforced what I already believed on these subjects. The second half was a little more difficult for
Lutzer does a good job of explaining all the various divisions of doctrine that have been hot topics since the early centuries of Christianity: the incarnation of Christ, His deity, the role of Mary, baptism, communion, justification, and the idea of Peter as the first papal ruler.

However, where Lutzer's passion really seems to lie is in reformed theology and this book is full of it. Four of the thirteen chapters towards the end of the book are on "Predestination vs. Free Will"

Lutzer doesn't rea
Clark Goble
In this book, Lutzer offers an examination of doctrinal issues that have traditionally separated believers into different camps or denominations. Included are chapters concerning Christology, the sacraments/ordinances, Mary, Peter, and four wonderful chapters that explore Free Will verses Predestination. I appreciate Lutzer's approach to these subjects as he first brings in historical arguments and then examines Scripture as it pertains to the discussion.

I highly recommend this book to anyone i
A fine resource for clear scriptural doctrine

Lutzer remains, for me, one of my favourite authors on the doctrines and life of the Christian. In this important work, he clearly presents the historical timeline of church doctrines, including that of predestination and election. Lutzer strives to glorify God alone. I have read several of his works and trust Him implicitly. For anyone struggling in the faith, for one who desires clear explanations about Doctrine of the early church until now, trust
Joshua Foote
Very good

I bought because it was cheap on skipped a couple chapters on Mary bible books and the pope because I have read plenty on those subjects but the chapters on predestination and freewill were very good
Nicholas Bradley
Oct 12, 2007 Nicholas Bradley rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone looking to learn about differences in major world denominations of Christianity
I read this book and enjoyed its objectivity (or as much as a person can have in dealing with such sensitive subjects). I found myself often wondering what the author believed himself because of the good job he did in explaining both sides of every major argument. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to know where others are coming from and to someone who is trying to figure out how they should be worshiping God. Enjoy
A.J.  Holmes
Baptism, complimentarianism, free will, Lutzer covers it all in this helpful book. Each chapter is based on one of the issues that divide modern Christendom, and what I appreciated most was that Lutzer went beyond introducing the topic and arguments. His in depth analysis of the arguments for both sides to date is fair in its approach, and should be among the first titles we turn to in search of answers to the doctrines that divide.
Ken Smith
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. Lutzer does a great job presenting various beliefs and thoughts. He does present his opinions (election)and not everyone may agree but I definitely think it is worth reading.
Kelly Mayfield
Excellent book, it really opens your eyes about how very different our beliefs are when you examine them more closely.
Gunner McGrath
Very interesting book on the reasons behind the different denominational traditions, by the pastor of Moody Church.
Great resource considering Christian doctrines. Easy to read and reliable.
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Erwin W. Lutzer is senior pastor of The Moody Church in Chicago. A graduate of Dallas Theological Seminary and Loyola University, he is the author of numerous books, including the Gold Medallion Award winner "Hitler's Cross" and the best seller "One Minute After You Die". He is also a teacher on radio programs heard on more than 700 stations throughout the United States and the world, including "S ...more
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