He Shines in All That's Fair: Culture and Common Grace
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He Shines in All That's Fair: Culture and Common Grace

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How do Christians account for the widespread presence of goodness in a fallen world? In this book, the author brings the historic insights of Calvinism to bear on this question and reinterprets them for a broader audience at the turn of the twenty-first century. These chapters are useful for those interested in the relation of church and culture.
Paperback, 112 pages
Published January 21st 2003 by William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company (first published 2001)
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Tim Hoiland
This book came highly recommended by someone in the know as a good introduction to common grace theology, a theme I decided I’d do well to actually study a bit, rather than just carrying around in my head various muddled thoughts about what I took it to mean. It’s a small, 101-page book, and as an introduction to such an enormous topic, it’s a delight to read, and it really packs a punch.

Mouw sets the stage by describing two distinct Christian camps: those who tend to emphasize what Christians a...more
Mark Ward
Not a Scripture study, and Mouw always makes me a bit nervous, but this book contains some very helpful historical and theological reflections. Here's a paragraph that might summarize the book:

"We do not make our witness in the larger world on the assumption that humankind has been made more receptive to the truth of the gospel by some kind of across-the-board upgrade. We proceed with caution, knowing that the rebellious manifesto of our first parents—'We shall be as gods!'—still echoes all arou...more
This set of lectures on common grace package a lot of theology into a very readable short book. Mouw explores the history of the common grace motif in Calvinist thought, focusing on the line of Kuyper. He processes the common objections to the idea of common grace coming from Reformed theologians who aren't receptive to the idea, but also acknowledges the resources enjoyed by other Christian traditions that Calvinists give up to maintain their view of sovereignty and sin. His chapter on the infr...more
Another fantastic piece by Mouw. Learned a lot about the common grace controversy in the Dutch tradition (and how the Protestant Reformed Church in America rejects the notion). Mouw is supremely irenic without losing his nerve or his convictions. Some of his reflections on God’s delight in those things that are common between believer and unbeliever are deeply challenging to the way we Calvinists sometimes lean too heavily on the side of comprehensive depravity for interpreting life to the detri...more
This book is formed from a collection of lectures given by Mouw on the themes of Calvinism, culture, and common grace -- in particular common grace might be expressed in culture. It doesn't build to a conclusion, really; it is more a set of explorations that serve to illuminate a way of thinking about these topics by exploring them from a variety of angles while clearing away a good deal of theological underbrush that impedes clear analysis. There is a lot of useful work done here, but the lack...more
Some good explanations, but still a heady book...have to re-read stuff and then i'm not sure i completely understand--which is more of a comment on me than on the author.
An interesting book about Common grace and the Dutch Reformed church (Calvinist thought).
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Richard J. Mouw (PhD, University of Chicago) is president of Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California, and the author of numerous books.
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