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The Plan of Salvation

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Paperback, 112 pages
Published May 5th 2006 by Kessinger Publishing (first published 1942)
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Stephen Wolfe
Jul 21, 2013 Stephen Wolfe rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is an excellent survey on the most popular positions on the order of salvation (Ordo salutis) found in Christendom. Warfield describes the "Particularistic" (Supralapsarian, Infralapsarian, and Amyraldian), "Universalistic" (Lutheran, Wesleyan, and Pure Universalistic), "Sacerdotal" (Anglican, Roman, and Orthodox), and "Naturalistic" (Remonstrant and Pelagian). He critiques each from a Reformed perspective. He is meticulous in detail and takes care to fairly describe each position. This sho ...more
May 30, 2014 William rated it it was amazing
The Plan of Salvation is a series of five lectures that B. B. Warfield gave in 1914. It is a penetrating analysis of God's plan of salvation from sin. In the lectures Warfield first lays out the differing plans and then he carefully examines each one. The plans are divided into two major categories: Naturalistic and Supernatural. The Supernatural category is further divided into Sacerdotalism, Universalism, and finally Calvinism. Through out the lectures Warfield is careful to represent each vie ...more
A Reformed theologian surveys the options for a doctrine of salvation and makes a case for the classic Reformed doctrine. If you are not Reformed, this is a useful book for you to understand both Reformed theology and how Reformed theology views your beliefs. 100 pages of crystal clear writing, and if that's too much, there's a one-page chart.
Aug 29, 2015 mpsiple rated it really liked it
Very helpful distinctions between different views of how salvation operates. Not my favorite writing.
Feb 08, 2015 Mike rated it it was amazing
A classic polemical work on calvinism
Joshua Smith
Aug 23, 2010 Joshua Smith rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: soteriology, polemic
A very interesting polemical work on soteriology. B.B. Warfield has a lot of insight into the different perspectives on salvation. He boils it all down to the fact that all views other than Calvinism are autosoterisms (self-salvation) and the way that he gets to that conclusion is very interesting and detailed. To potential readers: this book is very academic, but a lot of knowledge and illustrations lie hidden within its pages. I enjoyed it, but it's not a must-read.
Mike Walker
Mar 19, 2013 Mike Walker rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Outstanding. Simply great. The first work I've read by Warfield. I'm certain it won't be the last. His chart alone, which I transcribed to Excel to improve legibility, was worth the price of the book. Read it. You will not be disappointed. I will never think of the various denominations the same agian.
Michael Edwards
Full of presuppositions and almost no Scripture. May be useful to Calvinists who wish to better understand some of the different understandings within their system. It is unlikely to convert someone to Warfield's position.
John Yelverton
Nov 03, 2013 John Yelverton rated it liked it
A well written primer on the different methods of pursuing the spreading of the gospel while endorsing Calvinism. Unfortunately, it's severely dated, and uses a lot of vocabulary that is either now or is on the verge of being extinct.
Apr 19, 2009 Matt rated it really liked it
Short treatment of covenant and decrees. Asks: How can an Arminian affirm grace alone if God does all he can to save a person but the person isn't saved until he does something more?
Kyle Scheele
Jun 11, 2009 Kyle Scheele rated it it was ok
Shelves: soteriology
This book is terrible... poor characterization of Lutheran theology... and a defense of the Reformed doctrine that I believe many wouldn't be comfortable with.
Dec 09, 2015 Herman rated it it was amazing
Shelves: soteriology, z
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Douglas Wilson
Apr 28, 2009 Douglas Wilson rated it really liked it
Shelves: theology
Great. Also read in September of 1988.
Darby Stouffer
May 06, 2013 Darby Stouffer rated it really liked it
Good. A bit dry.
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Jan 24, 2014 Ian Hammond rated it really liked it
This was helpful.
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Benjamin Breckinridge Warfield (usually known as B. B. Warfield) was professor of theology at Princeton Seminary from 1887 to 1921. Some conservative Presbyterians consider him to be the last of the great Princeton theologians before the split in 1929 that formed Westminster Seminary and the Orthodox Presbyterian Church.

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“For the Reformation is nothing other than Augustianianism come to its rights: the turning away from all that is human to rest on God alone for salvation.” 2 likes
“The issue is indeed a fundamental one and it is closely drawn. Is it God the Lord that saves us, or is it we ourselves? And does God the Lord save us, or does he merely open the way to salvation, and leave it according to our choice, to walk in it or not? The parting of the ways is the old parting of the ways between Christianity and autosoterism. Certainly only he can claim to be evangelical who with full consciousness rests entirely and directly on God and on God alone for his salvation.” 1 likes
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