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The Five Points of Calvinism: Defined, Defended, and Documented (Steele, Thomas & Quinn)

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What are the five points of Calvinism? What do they mean? Why should we believe them?

This anniversary edition of The Five Points of Calvinism, now with Scripture quotations from the English Standard Version, contains updated source information and new appendices on such themes as "A Kinder, Gentler Calvinism," "Perseverance and Preservation," and "The Practical Applications of Calvinism."

Table of Contents:

Part One: The Five Points Defined: Their Origins and Contents

Points of Contention

Calvinism and Arminianism Compared

The Historical Roots of Each System

The Difference Between Calvinism and Arminianism

The One Point of Calvinism

Part Two: The Five Points Defended: Their Biblical Support

Total Depravity or Total Inability

Unconditional Election

Particular Redemption or Limited Atonement

The Efficacious Call of the Spirit of Irresistible Grace

The Perseverance of the Saints or the Security of Believers

Part Three: The Five Points Documented: Recommended Reading

Works Broadly on Calvinism and God’s Sovereignty

Books on the Five Points Individually

Afterword by John F. MacArthur Jr.


A. A Kinder, Gentler Calvinism

B. Perseverance and Preservation

C. The Meaning of ‘Foreknew’ in Romans 8:29

D. A Defense of Calvinism

E. The Practical Applications of Calvinism

F. The Practical Importance of the Doctrine of Predestination

G. Calvinism and Arminianism Before and After: A Brief Historical Sketch

H. The Cambridge Declaration of the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals  


“One could hardly wish for a better study resource to show the five points’ faithfulness to Scripture." — J. I. Packer

“Truly a classic—clear, concise, and warm in its presentation of historic Reformed theology. This latest edition is even better than the original.” — R. C. Sproul

“It is a privilege to commend this enlarged and revised edition to a new generation. A model of clarity, full of biblical teaching.” — Sinclair B. Ferguson

“Next to the doctrine of salvation, the sovereignty of God has, to me, been the most powerfully comforting truth. My thanks to P&R Publishing for issuing a new edition of this excellent book.” — Joni Eareckson Tada

“I am delighted to see this masterpiece in its new, revised edition. For anyone seeking to understand, teach, and enjoy the doctrines of grace, this book is quite simply a ‘must.’ ”  — John Blanchard

“The appendices serve to deepen one’s understanding of what true Calvinism is all about.”  — Jerry Bridges

“The best and the most complete short introduction to the doctrines of grace.”  — Philip G. Ryken


David H. Steele (1926-1991) served as a pastor of several Baptist churches in Arkansas until his retirement in 1978. He coauthored Romans: An Interpretive Outline.

Curtis C. Thomas served as pastor of Baptist churches in Arkansas. More recently, for fourteen years, he was the executive pastor of The Bible Church of Little Rock, an independent Reformed congregation. He retired after spending forty-four years in the ministry

S. Lance Quinn