Robert Lee Shank (1918 - 2006) attended Ottawa University in Kansas and Southwest Baptist College and William Jewell College in Missouri, and graduated from Northeast Missouri State College. He was also ordained into the ministry that same year. He served faithfully in Christian ministry for over 60 years as pastor, preacher, author, lecturer, and teacher. He taught 14 years at Faith Bible Academy, Camdenton, Missouri, serving seven years as president. He lectured widely throughout the United States in churches, conferences, and seminaries, and received an honorary doctorate from Pepperdine University in 1975. In 1960 his first book was published, Life in the Son: A Study of the Doctrine of Perseverance. This was followed in 1970 by Elect in the Son: A Study of the Doctrine of Election. Other publications included Jesus, His Story, Sources of Power, Until, and God's Tomorrow.
LIFE IN THE SON
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There is currently a plethora of ridiculous straw man attacks on Calvinism in the theological marketplace. Some of them contain caricatures that are pure fabrications and offer nothing constructive for those of us who want to engage the real theological issues that lie at the heart of the historical Calvinist v Arminian debate. With this in mind I am happy to recommend this scholarly work by Arminian theologian Robert Shank first published way back in 1960. Calvinist theologian and preacher John Macarthur highly recommends this book to his seminary students because he believes Life In The Son is "the best concise argument for the Arminian position, and it is a very carefully thought-out, systematic argument." Whichever side of the fence you find yourself in the Calvinist Arminian divide, this is a book that makes a strong argument against the Calvinist doctrine of perseverance and is worth studying for that reason.
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