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The Grace of God, the Bondage of the Will: Historical and Theological Perspectives on Calvinism
Published in Paperback by Baker Book House (1995)
Authors: Thomas R. Schreiner and Bruce A. Ware
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This book is now reissued in paperback as "Still Sovereign"
Absolutely fantastic book that logically and systematically rips the foundation out from under the Arminianistic position. This is single most important book I have ever read on this topic. It answers most of the objections to Calvinism head on in a scholarly and highly readable fashion (assuming you at least got through a college education). Just check out who these authors are! The finest minds in the reformed field today! Piper and Ware are particularly convincing in their respective chapters. As I noted in the heading, you can still get most of the contents of this book as "Still Sovereign" in paperback -- it was recently reissued under that title. So read it, digest it, then rip apart the Arminianists!!! Have fun...

Thoughtful,challenging articles explaining Reformed theology
To many people today, Calvinism is an anachronism. How can 20th century people take a teaching seriously which proclaims that God is good, and yet completely in control of the world? Could a good God really be all-powerful, and yet allow (or even ordain) some of the atrocities that have been perpetrated in our own century?

The 10 contributors show that a proper understanding of the Bible involves believing that God is indeed sovereign, yet also loving, just and good.

John Piper's helpful chapter asks the question "Are there 2 wills in God?" And then seeks to show that God does indeed "fulfil all his will" and yet "is not willing that any should perish."

S.M. Baugh discusses the meaning of "foreknowledge" in the Bible, and argues persuasively that God's foreknowledge must mean a lot more than knowing what is going to happen in the future.

Jerry Bridges shows that a belief in the sovereignty of God has practical implications for everyday living, while Samuel Storms explains how it is worth praying to a God who has already decreed "the end from the beginning." In fact, he argues that there is not much point in praying to a God who is not in complete control of his world.

This book has been one of the most helpful explanations of Calvinism which I have read. Highly recommended.

Heroes of the horrors
Published in Unknown Binding by Collier Books ()
Author: Calvin Thomas Beck
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Great Reference for Classic Horror Stars
My copy of this is starting to fall apart, but I've enjoyed this book over the years. It contains well-written biographies of Lon Chaney Sr., Bela Legosi, Peter Lorre, Lon Chaney Jr., Boris Karloff, and Vincent Price. If you do manage to find a copy of this book, keep in mind it was published before Price's death so it doesn't mention his last few movies or his death. I think I bought this book over 15 years ago. ...possibly 18 years ago.

There are several photos throughout the book - publicity stills, behind the scenes pics, and a few casual shots. There is an interesting photo of Legosi playing Jesus, and he really looked the part. Beck does provide much about the lives of the actors and some of their views on acting. There is a complete filmography for each actor.

The binding does not seem to hold up well under repeated use. I'm not sure how a copy that is simply old might be. I read and studied the photos several times.

The best of the Horror movie books
The book deals with the biographies of Lon Chaney, Bela Lugosi, Boris Karloff, Peter Lorre, Lon Chaney Jr., and Vincent Price. It contains a full filmography as well as hundreds of pictures of the stars. Their films are recounted in great detail and there are rare stills and quotes.

The fact that this particular book is out of print is a crime. While the Horror film may not be the most resepected genre, it certainly deserves better than this. Calvin Beck's book is a great resource for anyone looking into this neglected part of film history. His prose is straightforward and accurate. Reading this book is a must for anyone researching these actors.

Making Their Mark: Women Artists Move into the Mainstream, 1970-85
Published in Paperback by Abbeville Press, Inc. (1991)
Authors: Randy Rosen, Catherine Brawer, Ellen Landau, Calvin Tomkins, Ferris Olin, and Thomas McEvilley
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An excellent resource and a pleasure to read
This book chronicles the work of several female artists from 1970 through 1985. It demonstrates how conditions have improved for women artists, as well as defining areas where improvement is still needed, such as one-person exhibitions. Backed by statistics, included for reference, this book is a great tool for further scholarship on female artists. Also includes many color photos of the magnificent work by these diverse artists, too numerous to list.

Straight With a Twist: Queer Theory and the Subject of Heterosexuality
Published in Paperback by Univ of Illinois Pr (Trd) (2000)
Authors: Calvin Thomas, Joseph O. Aimone, and Catherine A. F. MacGillivray
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queering straights
Like the increased visibility and rush to study 'whiteness' in the wake of critical race theory's interventions, this edited collection proposes to make heterosexuality visible in the wake of queer theory. Applying queer theory to the contruction of heterosexuality in its many forms allows a break with the normative. The writers here thus work to make visible "queer straights" and further disrupt heteronormative institutions and discourse. While scattered among a broad array of subjects (from Seinfeld to Shakespeare), the papers work well together to show how queer theory can be usefully applied to the analysis of norming institutions and identities. Some may object to the claiming of a queer identity by "straights,"; others will find that the authors make their case and do progressive work by extending the bounds of queerness.

Male Matters: Masculinity, Anxiety, and the Male Body on the Line
Published in Hardcover by Univ of Illinois Pr (Pro Ref) (1996)
Author: Calvin Thomas
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Another postmodern hoax?
Not my review, but FYI, Barbara Epstein writes in New Politic: Now tha tpostmodernism has lost its aura of invincibility people have begun to laugh, and it does not seem likely that the laughter will stop anytime soon. For instance, in a review of a book entitled Male Matters: Masculinity, Anxiety, and the Male Body on the Line, by Calvin Thomas (University of Illinois Press), reviewer Daniel Harris writes, ``In the fast-paced intellectual environment of postmodern cultural studies, the line between ostensibly serious scholarship and outright parody is not just thin but, in many instances, nonexistent, as became embarrassingly evident last month to the editors of one of the house organs of contemporary theoretical discourse, Social Text....One can only hope that Sokal's brilliant act of intellectual terrorism...will be the first of many similar practical jokes. If even a handful of the numerous critics of cultural theory did their part, postmodern journals and academic presses would be swamped with fraudulent manuscripts that would shatter the self-confidence of the entire field. This vast industry would collapse into a state of total disarray were its tightly-knit ranks to become infiltrated by jargon-spewing moles posing as the real McCoy, double agents cloaked in the uniform of the American university's elitist new brand of paper radicals.'' Harris goes on to speculate that the book under review must be another hoax. How else, he asks, can one explain the bewildering statements that appear in this book, such as: ``The excrementalization of alterity as the site/sight of homelessness, of utter outsideness and unsubiatable dispossession figure(s) in...Hegel's metanarrational conception of Enlightenment modernity as the teleological process of totalization leading to absolute knowing.'' ... ``The anal penis...function(s) within a devalued metonmymic continuity, whereas the notion of the phallomorphic turd functions within the realm of metaphorical substitution.'' ... ``If the bodily in masculinity is encountered in all its rectal gravity, the specular mode by which others become shit is disrupted.'' Harris suggests that if Thomas wants to become an academic success he should follow Sokal's example and proclaim his book to be a prank. Only slightly less tongue in cheek, he speculates that what he describes as the central metaphor of this book, the comparison of writing to "productions" of the body, may be apt in a field in which jargon is used as an offensive weapon, to score points against competitors in the battle for tenure and prestige.

Thomas Cuts Open the Masculine Constitution
Calvin Thomas doesn't gloss over the anxieties of men at the end of the 20th century, rather, I think he gets to the roots of those anxieties and even suggests them as an identity for men. His introspection digs to the heart of what it is that is troubling: what are men, and what have men constructed?

Thomas' book is a thrilling trip into the sometimes silly, often destructive and dangerous masculine mindset. I strongly recommend this text for men who are willing to explore their own discomfort with honesty and confront the fears and fictions they've created for themselves.

A Harmony of the Gospels Matthew, Mark and Luke (Calvin's New Testament Commentaries Series Volume 1)
Published in Paperback by Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co. (1996)
Authors: John Calvin, W. W. Morrison, David W. Torrance, and Thomas F. Torrance
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Note: this is volume 1 of a 3 volume set
This is volume 1 of a 3 volume set, covering Matthew, Mark, Luke, and apparently also James and Jude. It appears that doesn't have the other two volumes, so unless you are interested only in the first part of the Gospels, you may find this volume a problem. Fortunately, carries all three volumes. Look for author first word = Calvin, title word = Harmony It won't be immediately obvious that the first volume is the same as this book, because the set is jointly published by Eerdmans and Paternoster. This is volume 1 from Eerdmans; amazon UK has all three volumes from Paternoster.

Caring for Creation: Responsible Stewardship of God's Handiwork
Published in Paperback by Baker Book House (1998)
Authors: Calvin B. Dewitt, Richard A. Baer, Thomas Sieger Derr, Vernon J. Ehlers, Luis E. Lugo, and James W. Skillen
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The Acts of the Apostles 14-28 (Calvin's New Testament Commentaries Series Volume 7)
Published in Paperback by Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co. (1996)
Authors: John Calvin, John W. Fraser, David W. Torrance, and Thomas F. Torrance
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Aquinas, Calvin and Contemporary Protestant Thought: A Critique of Protestant Views on the Thought of Thomas Aquinas
Published in Paperback by Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co. (1985)
Author: Arvin Vos
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Calvin and His Enemies: A Memoir of the Life, Character and Principles of Calvin
Published in Hardcover by AMS Press (1990)
Author: Thomas Smyth
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