Just what is “Calvinism?” Does this teaching make man a deterministic robot and God the author of sin? What about free will? If the church accepts Calvinism, won’t evangelism be stifled, perhaps even extinguished? How can we balance God’s sovereignty and man’s responsibility? What are the differences between historic Calvinism and hyper-Calvinism? Why did men like Augustine, Luther, Calvin, Spurgeon, Whitefield, Edwards and a host of renowned Protestant evangelists deny the Arminian definition of free will and label it heresy? Why did the Roman Catholic Church condemn the Reformed teaching of predestination and election and embrace free will theology? And why do so many Protestants, perhaps unwittingly, agree with Rome on this issue? Amazing Grace:The History and Theology of Calvinism is the first video documentary that answers these and other related questions. This fascinating three-part, four-hour presentation is detailed enough so as to not gloss over the controversy. At the same time, it is broken up into ten “Sunday-school-sized” sections to make the rich content manageable and accessible for the average viewer.
Part One explores the history of the debate. It begins with the pivotal dispute between Augustine and Pelagius and continues through the semi-pelagian controversy; focusing particularly on the debate between Martin Luther and Desiderius Erasmus. Many viewers will be shocked to discover that free-will theology was NOT the doctrine of the Reformation but instead the teaching of an increasingly apostate Roman Catholic Church. The history section ends with a definitive historical explanation of the issues that arose during the Calvinist/Arminian controversy. By examining the five points of Arminianism and the Synod of Dort’s response, the viewer will clearly see that the Protestant Church understood how the Gospel would be compromised if Arminianism prevailed.
Part Two opens the Word of God, our ultimate authority for life and faith. The five points of Arminianism are put on trial as what would later come to be known as the “five points of Calvinism” are clearly and forcefully presented.
Part Three asks and answers the provocative question: If Calvinism is true, if God is absolutely sovereign; then why should we evangelize? It also explores the vital issue of how to and to whom the gospel should be presented so as to be faithful to the great doctrines of God’s sovereignty, man’s depravity, and the miracle of amazing grace.
Rich in graphics, dramatic vignettes, and biblical analogies, Amazing Grace: The History and Theology of Calvinism also features many of the finest reformed thinkers and pastors of our time: Dr. R.C. Sproul, Dr. D. James Kennedy, Dr. George Grant, Dr. Stephen Mansfield, Dr. Thomas Ascol, Dr. Thomas Nettles, Dr. Roger Schultz, Pastor Walt Chantry, Dr. Joe Morecraft, Dr. Ken Talbot, Pastor Walter Bowie and Dr. R.C. Sproul, Jr..
Come learn what the great Baptist preacher C.H. Spurgeon meant when he said, “…to deny Calvinism is to deny the gospel of Jesus Christ.”
Marcia Terrell (Submitted on 14th Dec 2014)
It is so good that parents should sit down with their teenaged children and look at this and discuss it. There is a lack of knowledge of church history and the battles that have been fought, and because of that we are fighting them again even in so-called Reformed churches. It is so good that every adult or teenager should see it even if they consider themselves Reformed. Now, how can I get them to watch it?
Dennis (Submitted on 12th Dec 2014)
A must view that will either reconfirm the origins of our Faith in our Lord Jesus Christ that will lead to an awesome worship of Him that He so richly deserves, or will open your eyes and answer questions with respect to your Faith that 90% of the churches in the USA have been blinded to for so many years. This DVD cannot be viewed with an open mind, but rather with a 2 Cor 10:5 mind. Learn the difference between being made a New Creation and Salvation, and why that is so important to your Faith. God bless and enjoy!
Michael LaBelle (Submitted on 10th Oct 2014)
This helped clarify for me, not only the history but also fine points of reformed theology, such as the significant difference between "faith alone" and "grace alone."
I have already given three copies away and have ordered more.
Mary (Submitted on 6th Oct 2014)
This is one of the best DVDs for any Christian to view. It helps explain the history and theology of John Calvin that is not explained by the contemporary churches. Most preachers don't even touch on it, all I ever heard was "Calvin or Calvinism is bad..." This shows what it is, where it originated and helps you to see the bigger picture of church history.. Excellent for ANY CHRISTIAN. New or mature!!
James (Submitted on 6th Oct 2014)
Excellent History of the Church, Theology of Soteriology of Grace, and application of Evangelism.
Unknown (Submitted on 5th Oct 2014)
The quotes and commentators were outstanding and consistent with Biblical teaching. To make it better you could add commentary from John H. Gerstner on “dispensationalism and the secret rapture (1831) and John Nelson Darby. Dispensationalist claim to be 4 point Calvinists but they define these points with Arminian definitions (see “Wrongly dividing the Word of truth a critique of dispensationalism”).