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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? Different theological perspectives have presented a range of answers to this fundamental question over the centuries. InHe Shines in All That's FairRichard Mouw brings the historic insights of Calvinism to bear on this question and reinterprets them for a broader audience at the turn of th ...more
Paperback, 111 pages
Published August 23rd 2002 by Eerdmans (first published 2001)
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Tim Hoiland
Mar 25, 2014 Tim Hoiland rated it it was amazing
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
Mark Ward
Dec 26, 2012 Mark Ward rated it liked it
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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
Dec 22, 2013 Lori rated it really liked it
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
John Henry
Nov 19, 2015 John Henry rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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To go on mission in our context, we must discern the difference between common grace and special grace. The sun rises and sets on the just and the unjust. There is no special calling to love your neighbor. There are no special favorites in God's kingdom, only special gifts with which to love our neighbors. Mouw refines and sharpens our vision for going on mission in our culture.
Feb 23, 2016 Jeff rated it really liked it
There is a lot packed into this short book of only 100 pages. These essays were originally presented as a lecture series at Calvin College. Read it to learn about common grace and culture, as well as things such as supralapsarian and infralapsarian...
Sep 13, 2009 David rated it really liked it
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
Mar 18, 2012 Alexander rated it liked it
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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
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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.
Apr 22, 2007 Susan rated it liked it
An interesting book about Common grace and the Dutch Reformed church (Calvinist thought).
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Richard John Mouw is a theologian and philosopher. He held the position of President at Fuller Theological Seminary for 20 years (1993-2013), and continues to hold the post of Professor of Faith and Public Life.
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