Written to answer Redemption Redeemed by the
Arminian, John Goodwin, this book is a refutation of
Goodwin's views. Owen believes the more Calvinist view of perseverance
of the saints, that once an individual is saved, he or she will always
be saved -- that is, cannot regress back into unbelief. Some readers
find Owen's arguing with Goodwin distracting -- in the words of Andrew
Thompson, the book would "be almost as complete were every part of it
that refers Goodwin expunged, and undeniably forms the most masterly
vindication of the perseverance of the saints in the English tongue."
But the work is a proficient explanation and argument for perseverance
of the saints, and readers interested in the issue would do well to read
Goodwin's Redemption Redeemed as well.