The book is a collection of papers delivered at the 2008 John 3:16 Conference held at First Baptist Church, Woodstock, GA. Each paper dealt with one of the letters of the acrostic TULIP: Total Depravity, Unconditional Election, Limited Atonement, Irresistible Grace, and Perseverance of the Saints. In addition, several other chapters were added to address specific topics related to Calvinism.
Morgan Edwards was a notable Baptist leader in the 18th century who was one of the founders of present day Brown University in Rhode Island. He compiled a lot of early Baptist History of this country. He helped lay a foundation for Baptist historians in the future to build on.
The truth is that on crucial points of Five-Point Calvinism (like Limited Atonement) up to the time of Calvin there were no strong Calvinists among the great leaders of the church, with the exception of the late Augustine
Along with the concern of one losing their salvation, this has to be the most asked question I receive from students of the Bible. If Jesus is the only way for salvation, then what does that mean for those who have never heard about Him? It is one thing to hear and reject the gospel truth, but to be condemned for rejecting a message you never heard just does not seem fair.
God, for the most part, is not known by the modern church. This is not a problem caused by God. God has revealed Himself in the Scriptures. God has not hid Himself from the modern church; however, the church has attempted to hide away from God.
So why is this perspective getting so much attention? One reason is that it is seen by many to be the silver bullet in the debates regarding Genesis 1. If Walton were correct, then Genesis would give us no information regarding the age of the universe, the truth or falsity of evolution, or whether Adam and Eve were historical figures.