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

3.70  ·  Rating details ·  128 ratings  ·  15 reviews
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. In He Shines in All That's Fair Richard Mouw brings the historic insights of Calvinism to bear on this question and reinterprets them for a broader audience at the turn of ...more
Paperback, 111 pages
Published August 23rd 2002 by Eerdmans (first published 2001)
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Tim Hoiland
Nov 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: faith, favorites
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
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Chris Wermeskerch
Jan 27, 2019 rated it it was ok
This rating isn't a comment on the book as much as it is on the debate. I truly couldn't see the point of the debate, and maybe Mouw could've done a bit more to show me why I care. That being said, it was well-written and I got his point. I just rated it low because I don't think I know anyone who would benefit from reading it.
Erin
Dec 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Highly recommend for any Christian, especially those with a strong non-believing community. The doctrine of common grace is very comforting and beautiful - a little dense in parts, but keep going! It’s a good challenge and a short book.
John
Jul 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Heartening

It is indeed heartening to consider God’s gracious condescension to humankind. Mouw has helped me process how that grace is experienced and expressed in human interactions. I’m wiser for having read this book.
Kody Masteller
Oct 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Mouw is a great read. He does a great job with breaking down complex issues, such as common grace, the supra- & infra- lapsarian debates, and others by putting them in layman’s terms. He shines light and pulls from the traditions of Kuyper, Bavinck, and Barth. Recommend to any in the reformed tradition or seminarians. ...more
Mark Jr.
Dec 02, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2012
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
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Lori
Dec 13, 2013 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
Alex Stroshine
Even though common grace is typically viewed as the brainchild of Calvinists, I didn't realize just how much this book would be confined to that specific theological stream. Richard Mouw was already preaching to the converted (he notes most Christians affirm concepts such as general revelation and natural law) with me. This book is most useful for Calvinists in thinking about how to interact with culture especially in light of the intralapsarian and supralapsarian debate and Mouw presents a more ...more
David
Sep 13, 2009 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
Alexander
Mar 10, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: theology
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
John Henry
Nov 19, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-library
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.
Jeff
Feb 16, 2016 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...
Mar
Jan 19, 2013 rated it liked it
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.
vittore paleni
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Susan
Apr 22, 2007 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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