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
Format: 2 Disc DVD/NTSC/Color/Stereo
Executive Producer: Jerry Johnson
Encoding: Region Free
Aspect Ratio(s): 1.33:1
Audio Encoding: Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono
Rated: Unrated (General audience)
DVD Release Date: October, 2004
Run Time: 4 hours 17 minutes