CROSSWAY BOOKS BY D. A. CARSON. For the Love of God, Volumes 1 and 2. Letters Along the Way (co-author, John D. Woodbridge). The Difficult Doctrine of . The Difficult Doctrine of the Love of God by D.A. Carson is just a short book (96 pages) that is drawn from four lectures he delivered in The Difficult Doctrine of the Love of God has ratings and reviews. Demetrius said: Carson shows that the word ‘love’ has semantic range, but I.

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If you would like to write a letter to the editor, you can do so here. Four chapters growing out of four lectures make up this short book of some 93 pages. We need to ask of the intent. Instead, I will simply te God loves those who love him, though we must remember that God’s love is not reciprocal, meaning that it does not only respond to somebody who loves him, but rather it is unconditional, namely that it is freely offered to those who want it, d.a.cason it is through that that our relationship with God is formed.

Jul 30, Ben House rated it it was amazing Shelves: In the first, he addresses the question as to why the doctrine is difficult and how it has been distorted. Some Concluding Synthetic Reflections In this section Carson tackles objections that the label “the Son” is rightly attached only to the incarnate Word, not the word in pre-incarnate glory, and, hence, Carson’s exegesis in B does not select for sense 1 see ch.

The manuscript came from a series of lectures made to the Dallas Theological Seminary in and was put together a few years later. Jan 05, James rated it really liked it. The Difficult Doctrine of the Love of God is not an exhaustive study of the theology of divine love, nor of its implications for the church in a postmodern society. Carson fleshes out just how raw the love of God is biblically.


Carson gives 5 reasons: His discussion of how the wrath of God relates to the love of God is legitimately thrilling. Nov 21, Brandon Vaughan rated it it was amazing Shelves: For example, the guiding principle of his book was to nuance the word ‘love’ agapaoyet when juxtaposing Diffidult 3: We cannot thf imagine this, whether by extrapolation of our finite experience or by strategic negations.

In doing so, Carson comes to grips with the te of ways God is talked about scripturally. Because it is based off of a lecture series, it is easy to read, while still including deep theological content. But, we are Jesus’ friends if we do what he commands!

There is nothing that God has made that he does not love. Carson sets forth in this book to outline how Christians should proceed toward an understanding of this great doctrine.

Feb 11, Jeremiah Whiteman rated it really liked it. Carson does a wonderful job of highlighting the most important issues while confining himself to a limited word count. Something close to willed altruism. Before making his case for what the love of God looks like, Carson grapples with the distortion of the love of God. The book is short, 97 pages.

The Difficult Doctrine of the Love of God by D.A. Carson

I had to preach on the unconditional love of God and found this book as I was preparing. For example, Carson discusses distinctions between Calvinism and Arminianism without first defining his terms. A Rightly Constrained Impassibility Carson answers some problems and holds to impassibility by invoking the traditional conception that God’s attributes cannot be divorced from one another. In The Difficult Doctrine of the Love of God Carson tackles what is perhaps the most difficult issue for Reformed thinkers to grapple with: Look at the cross.

View all 3 comments. Too heady I found the book hard to follow and thus get into. Worthy for a quick read, a re-reading, a series of messages, or a short group study. Is God’s love unconditional? It makes for an easy read, despite some deep theology.

Within the trinity the love of the Father for the Son and the Son for the Father. The only aspect of God’s character the world still bel At first thought, understanding the doctrine of the love of God seems simple compared to trying to fathom other doctrines like that of the Trinity or predestination. DA Carson does a good job breaking the topic into distinct portions.


The Difficult Doctrine of the Love of God

Carson then progresses to a discussion on how one must proceed to an understanding of divine love. Why the Doctrine of the Love of God must be judged difficult.

Third, postmodernism reinforces a sentimental, syncretistic and pluralistic view of God. The Bible describes God’s love in five different facets. Carson asserts that we have made too much of distinctions between phileo and agape and that more important is the way all of these loves reflect out the intra-Trinitarian love to us: I will agree that this is a difficult doctrine, but then again when d.acarson anything about D.q.carson been simple.

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An edited form of four sessions which he presented during the W. He likes the sufficient for all, efficient for the elect phrasing. Carson goes on to say people are no longer surprised that God loves them, and the systematic journey we are taken on brings us to a new revelation on what the love of God really looks like.

Aug 10, Emily Lucas rated it it was amazing. To me this was a frustrating read because I take Carson to be a brilliant expositor, but his generalizations and inconsistencies seemed fairly patent.

Greek philology can explain the rise of certain word groups without having to rush to a theological explanation. Jan 23, Ryan Bare rated it really liked it. I find his work quite challenging and full of good instruction.