Dan Phillips has published a very comprehensive review of this commentary. Click Here to check it out.
I recently posted an interview with Phillip Johnson over at Politics and Christianity. You will want to check it out.
When Phil was asked about the intersection of Christianity and politics he indicated that he had found the following books helpful.
Click here to read the entire interview.
It may seem strange for a confirmed Calvinist to recommend a book on Arminian theology. Here is how Phil explains it,
“But I have to say that Olson’s book is the best book in defense of Arminianism I’ve ever read. Some readers might be aware that I didn’t have a very high opinion of Dave Hunt’s anti-Calvinistic screed. When I reviewed Hunt’s book in a Shepherds’ Conference seminar a few years ago, someone told me the only reason I hated the book was because I’m a Calvinist and Hunt stepped on my toes.
“And I said, “No, it’s just a really bad book, written by a guy who has no clue what he is talking about.”
“My friend challenged that: “Name one well-written book, written after 1950, either defending Arminianism or attacking Calvinism, written by someone who does know what he is talking about.”
“I admit it; I was stumped. But now Roger Olson has bailed me out. If anyone ever asks me that question again, I can point to Olson’s book. It’s a good defense of Arminianism, and although I disagree with virtually all his conclusions, he pretty much knows what he is talking about, and he explains the differences between Arminianism, Pelagianism, and semi-pelagianism pretty well.”
Phil goes on to recommend three additional Calvinist titles that that you can find HERE.
These recommendations fall within the context of a series of article that Phil wrote for Pulpit Magazine on “Why I Am a Calvinist.” I have attached the links to all of those articles below:
Phil also published on his weblog a review by Gary Johnson of Olson’s book. That review was less than positive for reasons other than why he has recommended it. You can find that review HERE.
“It’s brilliant. Buy one for yourself, one for your pastor, and one for the next person to whom you have to deliver the Good News of Jesus Christ. This book is required reading.”
“This reviewer enthusiastically recommends Gospel-Centered Hermeneutics for both personal and classroom use.”
— Miles Van Pelt, Associate Professor of Old Testament Theology, Reformed Theological Seminary, read his complete review HERE
“Gospel-Centered Hermeneutics is a clarion call for those who believe that the Bible is the word of God to interpret it like it is the word of God. It is chock full of insights useful to any thoughtful believer who wants to be able to read his or her Bible Christianly. Goldsworthy is to be particularly commended for his clear demonstration that a robust and believing biblical theology provides a solid foundation for knowing how to approach the Bible.”
— Mark Traphagen, WTS
“The focus of Gospel-Centered Hermeneutics is not word studies but Word study: a sustained reflection on the priority and centrality of the good news concerning Jesus Christ as the distinct way that Scripture interprets Scripture and, indeed, all of reality. Goldsworthy’s attention to the role of biblical theology in biblical interpretation is particularly welcome, providing a refreshing contrast to what often gets produced by the contemporary hermeneutics industry. And by highlighting the gospel of Jesus Christ, he puts the evangel back into evangelical hermeneutics.” — Kevin J. Vanhoozer, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
“Graeme Goldsworthy is widely known as a master interpreter of biblical texts. In particular, his studies have enriched the thought of many students of the Bible and informed the sermons of countless ministers. How wonderful that Goldsworthy now guides us in a study of how to read the Bible. His readers will be rewarded with a deeper understanding of the gospel-centered nature of Scripture.”
—Tremper Longman, Robert H. Gundry Professor of Biblical Studies, Westmont College