Dave Hunt, born in 1926, comes from a Plymouth Brethren background. With a degree in mathematics he had an early career as a CPA/management consultant, during which time he became involved in numerous campus ministries, with a special outreach to foreign students. Although lacking any formal theological training, Hunt went into ministry full-time in 1973. He has authored or co-authored more than 30 books dealing with the incursion of Eastern mysticism, psychological philosophies, and New Age thinking into Western culture, religion, and the church itself. Hunt fills numerous speaking engagements in many countries, is a frequent radio and TV talk-show guest, and has engaged in many debates with Catholic apologists. Hunt's organization publishes a free monthly newsletter, The Berean Call, which has a mailing list of more than 25,000.
"What Love is This?"
Hunt is also the author of the controversial book entitled, What Love Is This? Calvinism's Misrepresentation of God, which carries the following description:
"Multitudes of sincere, Bible-believing Christians seem to have accepted Calvinism by default, thinking that their only choice is between a doctrine of eternal security and a doctrine of falling away. How aware are they of what John Calvin and his early followers of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries actually believed and practiced? Bestselling author and scholar Dave Hunt warns readers about the distorted beliefs of Calvinism, giving them a clearer view of the God whose sovereignty does not diminish His mercy and love." This book has brought criticism from both Arminian and Calvinist camps, each claiming Hunt has seriously misrepresented their respective theological positions.
Quotations from "What Love is This?"
- "According to Calvin, salvation had nothing to do with whether or not a person believed the gospel." (p. 42)
- "Calvin drew from a badly polluted stream when he embraced the teachings of Augustine! How could one dip into such contaminating heresy without becoming confused and infected?" (p. 51)
- "Calvin exerted authority much like the papacy which he now despised." (p. 63)
- "Today there is growing division on this issue, most Calvinists insisting that Christ died only for the elect. On the other hand, IFCA International, a group of about 700 independent evangelical churches and 1,200 pastors (some of them Calvinists) declares in its doctrinal statement, 'We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ died on the cross for all mankind...to accomplish the redemption of all who trust in him...."
- Calvin's Institutes "could not possibly have come from a deep and fully developed evangelical understanding of Scripture."
- Spurgeon "could not accept the teaching that regeneration came before faith in Christ through the gospel."
- A review of What Love is This, by Jackie Alnor
- A Review of Dave Hunt's What Love is This? Calvinism's Misrepresentation of God (PDF), by Laurence Vance