Amazing Grace: The History & Theology of Calvinism (DVD)
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Amazing Grace: The History & Theology of Calvinism (DVD)

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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.”

 

“Jerry, thank you for putting this “amazing” tool together, all 4 His Truth (Jn 14:6: Heb 4:12) and all 4 the glory of God (1 Cor 10:31)! I have invited many friends to this group and am promoting this DVD in mine! It will be played over and over again in our home (with lots of note taking)! : )” — Karla T., From Facebook Group, Amazing Grace: The History & Theology of Calvinism

 

“I viewed this DVD a few years ago and have been recommending it ever since. It should be required viewing for all believers!” — Troy A., From Facebook Group, Amazing Grace: The History & Theology of Calvinism

 

“I keep getting more out of it every time I watch it. It’s so great to learn the church history in that video.” — Dave P., From Facebook Group, Amazing Grace: The History & Theology of Calvinism

 

“I intended to watch Amazing Grace: The History & Theology of Calvinism over the period of a few days. Once I started, I found myself watching it from start to finish in one sitting. The caliber of the resources used to document the theology, history, objections and answers was remarkable and the production quality was striking and quite frankly, uncommon in Christian circles. This is an excellent teaching tool for inquirers or a great review for those who have marginalized or perhaps lost sight of the significance of these great Biblical doctrines.” — Jack Smith, Banner of Truth Trust

 

“The information is as complete and consumable as I have ever seen. For someone who wont read, it is perfect.” — Pastor Robert Andrews, Author of The Family: Gods Weapon for Victory

 

“Though the production quality is outstanding, the theology and the way it is laid out is even better. Not only is this the best documentary every written, researched and produced on the subject of sovereign free grace (a.k.a. Calvinism); it is the best Christian documentary I have ever seen. Hats off to Jerry Johnson and everyone involved!” — Dr. Kenneth L. Gentry, Jr., www.NiceneCouncil.com

Additional Information

Format

NTSC DVD

Studio

ApologeticsGroup.com

Executive Producer

Jerry Johnson

Region

All

Year

2004

Approx. Time

257 minutes

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14 reviews for Amazing Grace: The History & Theology of Calvinism (DVD)

  1. Raymond W. Helwig
    5 out of 5

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    This is a great overview both historically and theologically especially for those who are first being exposed to reformed doctrine. It was especially great that a section was included on evangelism which is one of the normal questions that arise in regards to election/predestination. This is not a DVD that is trying to be objective and thus those who are Arminian will probably find it somewhat offensive. However as a basic introduction to Calvinism this DVD excels.

  2. Contra Mundum
    5 out of 5

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    I grew up in a typical evangelical home and just naturally absorbed the view of God, man and redemption that circulates in this world. Pertinent to this particular video, that meant that I thought that man had to find God and that He was in some respects bound to the whims and plans of men. (A close cousin to this: that Satan was alive and well on planet earth and was locked into a life and death struggle with Jehovah for the destiny of men and nations.) And then I discovered Francis Schaeffer – which then led me to a number of other writers — modern and old — who presented a different perspective on these important issues. Well, long story short: this video helped me as much as anything to “make the switch” and embrace with real understanding and fervor the theology of the Reformation. Thanks Mr. Holmberg (for this and also for Hell’s Bells 2)! A new generation of reformers is being raised up by the Lord in these turbulent times!

  3. Jael-a-belle
    5 out of 5

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    Is the ultimate question as far as redemption is concerned what man must do to make himself acceptable to God…or what God does to make us acceptable? For the Christian the answer should be obvious. (Every other religion in the world focuses on the former category.) But what many (most?) Christians don’t realize is the subtle way they can nudge the grace of God into the “make himself acceptable” camp. This awesome series is the perfect antidote to this error. I know, it helped set me free by laying out a clear, scripturally-based apologetic on the “amazing grace” of God as well as answering most if not all my objections to the Reformed position. I highly recommend it.

  4. Gregory Cilletto
    5 out of 5

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    How wonderful! Amazing Grace is absolutely complete in its examination of Reformed Theology. As a result, it ends up being over four hours so you know you’re getting a lot of bang for your buck. Don’t let the length scare you though. It’s broken into three distinct sections, has a nice pace and feel to it, and is much more visual than you would expect a documentary like this to be.

  5. Lane
    5 out of 5

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    Whether you are wondering what exactly the reformed faith is or if you are reformed yourself, this documentary is a must see. There are things that I wasn’t aware of that this dvd brought to light. It is thorough, accurate, and it will keep your attention throughout the entire presentation. I’ve seen some documentaries that make place for entertainment at the expense of thoughtfulness, but this documentary kept my attention by presenting the message in a way that was easily understandable without being “only fit for those in ivory towers to be able to grasp” (if there be such a thing). It is a rather long documentary (4hrs. 17min.) when compared to certain others, but there is not a single minute wasted in this presentation. I highly recommend this video if you are a pastor or layperson, Calvinist or Arminian.

  6. Evelyn G. Noweder
    5 out of 5

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    As someone who knows what they believe but has not had a clue as to all the background on differing beliefs within the church over the past 2000 years, this is so informative and helpful. And, yes, I can imagine that for those who are or label themselves as believers of ‘Arminianism’ this would seem to be slanted against their beliefs. But then, isn’t that the stated purpose. I think that to best layout what ‘Calvinists’ believe, you have to discuss the original controversy that caused the split into these two groups. I guess I had never really thought this issue through that clearly, being someone who does not like controversy or divisions at all. I preferred to have a neutral stand. This discussion brought home more clearly to me the basics of the what was at issue and helped me to clarify my belief. Having an history of the controversy also helped me to have a greater understanding of how the church has dealt with controversies throughout history. For example, it made more clear to me the purpose for the different Church councils and the resultant creeds. I highly recommend this!!!

  7. Gerard T. Liebrand
    5 out of 5

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    A friend/co-inductive bible study teacher shared his copy of this DVD. All I can say is WOW. This video goes over `church history’ on various heresies that have been introduced into the church over time and how the church has dealt with them. The examples used in their explanations will help me as I facilitate adult inductive bible studies. While this DVD obviously gives the history of Calvinism, the value of this DVD is how various people in the past viewed various truths of scripture and the ramifications of misinterpreting / taking out of context what the bible says. This DVD will be in our family library shortly.

  8. T. Kalisz
    2 out of 5

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    Pros: The presentation with its music and graphics is high quality. Cons: As it has been pointed out by others, the title of this video is a misnomer and somewhat disingenuous. It would more accurately be called: The Polemic Against Arminianism, or The Apologetic for Calvinism. I would say this video is merely an exercise in “preaching to the choir.” It is amazingly one sided and I doubt it will do much more than make Calvinists feel good about being Calvinists. I suspect that most non-Calvinists who watch this are going to be irritated and want to give their side in their own words and arguments. While watching, I constantly wanted to cry out, “I DO NOT believe that, nor do I argue that way.” You might find someone who argues in those ways, but I think for most of us, it’s just beating up a “strawman.” And they sometimes commit the “bifurcation fallacy” (false dilemma) and say if you are an Arminian, then you either have to believe this or this, when there are in fact other possibilities. They keep referring to councils and the decisions made in them. Should a Christian’s authority be the Word of God or human traditions, church laws, decrees of councils, and creeds which are constantly being changed and revised because of their imperfections? Also, they use a lot of “appeal to authority”: You see, great and godly men are in favor of it so it must be right. There is a great flaw in this thinking. According to the Bible, after our lives are over, we will not be judged by what other people have said, no matter how godly or smart we may think they are, but by the words of Jesus (John 12:48). And they seem to miss the fact that there are those who are not Calvinists who don’t follow Palagianism or Arminianism (and certainly don’t like being categorized by the name of a man). There are many of us who don’t care what Palagius or Arminius taught, but rather, we simply care about the Bible’s teachings. Another problem is they come across as extremely arrogant which I find very off-putting. And every now and then they use loaded words, question-begging epithet, and even snark (like Spurgeon’s “Armenian prayer” and the book sale in the graveyard). This kind of stuff just makes them look like bullies and jerks. They also like to use “slippery slope” arguments. They contend that Arminians are on a slippery slope to either Roman Catholicism or to liberalism. Oh, really? I felt like every time someone in the video said “Arminianism” they wanted to turn their head and spit. And continuing to repeat that Calvinism has not been defeated and that Calvinism cannot be defeated certainly doesn’t make it so; it just sounds like bluff and bluster. Also, when arguing against a passage used by non-Calvinists, they will often throw out a strong statement like, “In fact, this is a powerful verse for Calvinism,” but they are far from demonstrating that fact. It’s like they think if the audience is told enough that Calvinism is true, that they will simply start to believe it. There is also quite a bit of “elephant hurling” where they quickly throw out a bunch of scriptures or scripture references and assume their point has been proven (without actually examining them). But, throwing out a bunch of proof-texts isn’t helpful–they need to be carefully examined in their contexts. And when one does that examination, they can easily see how these passages can be interpreted in different ways. The people in the video often act as if their interpretation is the only one out there. There are also some contradictory arguments. For example, at one point, they make a big deal about all-inclusive words and how “all” doesn’t always mean “all.” But, then, a bit later, they make the opposite argument from the word “never” in John 10 (“How long is never?”). There were some other contradictory statements like their complaints against the depravity of our culture and saying: “The only antidote to the sickness of our present age–the gospel of the kingdom of God.” But, I thought they taught that people can’t accept the gospel without God forcing them to (Total Depravity/Irresistible Grace). And so, who cares if Arminianism causes liberalism (as they claim)? The only One who can do anything about it is God, since we are all “totally depraved.” Don’t blame Arminianism, blame God (or at least Adam). That statement makes a lot more sense if Calvinism is NOT true. They even go so far as to say we can thank Calvinism for American liberty. And they say things like, “Calvinism is probably the most influential theological strain in all of constitutional history.” Oh, don’t be so modest. One thing that I find interesting (the “elephant in the room”) is if Calvinism is true, why make this video? If you really believe it’s true, why argue about it–it doesn’t make any difference what we believe and teach or what we want to do–it won’t change my or anyone else’s eternal destiny. There wouldn’t be any point in discussing it, because our teaching on the subject will not change the salvation or damnation of one soul. Amazing Grace? Only for those lucky enough to be one of the “elect.” Why waste my time with this DVD? If I believe “wrong,” isn’t that just proof that I’m not one of the elect (since it’s a slippery slope into Roman Catholicism or liberalism)? Well, thank you so much for that confirmation. Now, I can sleep easy knowing for sure that I’m not one of the elect (no need to wonder). I can now just live anyway I want (oh, goodie). I guess I’ll quit praying and reading the Scriptures and quit trying to conform my life into the likeness of Christ; I wasn’t lucky enough for God to love me. Oh, well, it didn’t have anything to do with me anyway. Conclusion: I was hoping for a documentary on the “history and theology of Calvinism,” but what I got was a browbeating with a bunch of weak arguments. After watching this, I’m reminded of Proverbs 18:17: “The first to present his case seems right, till another comes forward and questions him.”

  9. Kathleen A. Peck
    5 out of 5

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    I’ve been a Christian for close to 20 years…all of which time I was Arminian. I shunned the concept of Calvinism because it seemed altogether unjust & perposterous. The Bible is full of countless referrals to ‘God’s Elect’…this was supposedly God talking about people whom he saw down into the future as accepting His offer of salvation. This documentary exposes this nonsensical myth in the plainest most logical terms possible. The scriptural support for the doctrines of grace are utterly irrefutable & to watch this presentation one cannot help but feel foolish for believing Arminianism & the shaky, weak foundation that ‘Free Will’ is based on. I am reading Luther’s ‘Bondage of the Will’, a marvellous additon to the Amazing Grace presentation..as well as books by Jonathon Edwards, BB Warfield & Charles Spurgeon on the subject. What most struck me about this presentation was how crystal clear the bible became after realizing Calvin didn’t invent anything ..he just penned in his own words…what was already in the bible…it was not an idea he just came up with to refute the Arminians… Augustine the great theologian believed in election long before Calvin was ever born…& it’s evident to me now ..that Paul the Apostle most definitely knew his salvation was God’s choice…and nothing of his own self. If you plan to buy this…& you’re Arminian…as I was…watch it with an open heart & mind…& set aside the natural reaction of “that isn’t fair”…without setting that mindset aside..one cannot embrace the Just & Merciful God of the Bible.

  10. Daniel Chew
    5 out of 5

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    This is best documentary I have seen so far, and also the most entertaining. On the day that I’ve received it, I watch through the entire documentary non stop for ~4 hours+. The presentation of the biblical Christian and Calvinist doctrines of grace unfolds like a detective story, as Eric Holmberg takes the audience on a journey first though the history of the entire monergism/ synergism controversy in the church and how the biblical teaching of salvation is totally antithetical to what passes as most of modern day evangelicalism. In the second part of the documentary, the viewer is taken through Scripture to illuminate God’s Word as pertaining to the subject, showing the errors therein the heresy of Arminianism, Semi-Pelagianism, and Pelagianism, ending off with a demonstration of the poisonous fruit of this heresy as worked out in the lives of its adherents and in modern day history. The third part of the show then goes on to show the implications on evangelism and give us guidelines according to Scripture on how to do it. I would highly recommand this DVD set to all who want to know more about God and about the entire Calvinist/Arminian controversy. In fact, I strongly encourage all Christians everywhere to get it, as I believe that only when God is given the full glory for Man’s salvation and only when God is enthroned in salvation and evangelism will God work to bring about awakening and revival, for God ‘will not share his glory with another’ (Is. 48:11). The marketing techniques of the purpose driven and seeker sensitive churches are just symptoms of the underlying pride of Man thinking he can help God to win souls. Until and unless we repent and realize that God is the only Saviour and we are to follow His ways in evangelism, we will continue to reap false conversions and destroy the church from within.

  11. Peter Diltz
    5 out of 5

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    The reputation AMAZING GRACE has gotten over the years is very well founded. A documentary this long on this subject matter seems destined to be boring. But AMAZING GRACE is as captivating as any book ever written on the topic of reformed theology. Check it out! You will become so well equipped to compassionately dialogue with any Arminian, and to lead your whole congregation in doing the same. The sovereignty of almighty God is wonderfully extolled by this documentary.

  12. T. Foster
    4 out of 5

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    Simply put, the content on this lengthy DVD is well worth watching and absorbing! More than just an overview of TULIP, it gives the background and history of the “Sovereignty vs Free Will” debate – a necessary component in understanding why this discussion is so important in our day and age. I’ve long considered myself a “4-pointer”, and in the past few years as my Bible study has increased, I’m hard-pressed to see the Bible support anything less than all 5 points of the Doctrines of Grace. This DVD effectively lays out the questions and answers them with Scripture, tracing their import across the history of the Bible (both OT and NT). People who think Calvinists are just mind-numbed robots or whacked out fundies probably need to sit down and examine the evidence. This DVD is an excellent resource to this end. In reflecting on this video, some sobering issues float to the forefront of my mind: – What essential doctrines have I let slide to subtle “harmless” variations? – What will be the impact of my neglecting the finer points of doctrine 20 years down the line? 50? 500? – Is this on the list of what Paul kept referring to as ‘doctrine’ when he adamantly insisted that Timothy and Titus adhere to pure doctrine? The more I study church history, the more I’m amazed that many of the questions we struggle with in the 21st century have already been dealt with in the past. Truer words were never spoken: the only thing we learn from history is that we fail to learn from history and are doomed to repeat it. I’m still looking for a well-studied, Biblically grounded Arminian, since I have quite a few questions to pose. (Most of the Arminians that field my questions (including seminary presidents, mind you) just punt by saying “Well – that’s a mystery we’ll never know. Is 55 says His ways are higher than ours, so we’ll just have to accept that the Bible *appears* to have a contradiction there.” *sigh* The Doctrines of Grace, however, answers those questions superbly.) Buy it. Borrow it. Study it. I give the DVD 4 stars on account of the occasionally-distracting video production: harsh lighting, some sloppy video editing, and lack of Closed Captioning. When the audio is important, I always like CC running. And besides, my parents are deaf, so the fact that this DVD lacks CC means this Calvanistic DVD has .. umm.. shall we say “Limited Audience” ;)

  13. Thomas Blackburn
    5 out of 5

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    The DVD is excellent and the best presentation of Reformation theology (“Calvinism”) I’ve ever seen. It manages to be scholarly and entertaining at the same time. A great job is done on tracing the history of the dabate from Augustine vs. Pelagius to today’s more refined Calvinism vs. Armenism degate. It also shows why there are 5 petals to the tulip and where the whole flower came from in the first place. I would recommend this to anyone wanting to know about Calvinism or the competiting theories on Biblical salvation and free will.

  14. Michael Ruangnol
    5 out of 5

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    I watched this three time already in the last month. First, it goes into the history of Calvinism. It answers the most common objections toward Calvinism. It list a number of great preachers and Christians who made a great diffence in our world from the past to present. Preachers and scholars that made a impact were Calvinist in their theology. It also talks about how this impacts evanglism and why we should use the ten commandments in doing so. It goes into scriptural defense of Calvinism and the alot of other things. The first disc is about 3 hours long, and the second is about hour. Great DVD and I hope all that want to know about Calvinism would watch this amazing presentation.

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