Across the Spectrum: Understanding Issues in Evangelical Theology / Edition 2

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Overview

This accessible yet comprehensive primer explores the breadth of viewpoints on major issues in evangelical theology by examining positions taken by evangelicals on seventeen seminal issues. The second edition retains the helpful features of the first edition and adds an appendix that addresses thirteen peripheral issues in contemporary evangelicalism.

Praise for the first edition

"The authors do what no book on the market does: In one volume they faithfully present divergent views on the crucial issues that divide evangelicals, and they do so in an unbiased, succinct, and lively manner. This book is perfect as a supplemental text in an introductory theology course or as a manual for church study groups. It will help everyone arrive at his or her own conclusions within the parameters of the evangelical tradition."--Dennis Okholm, Azusa Pacific University

"Across the Spectrum succeeds with distinction in at least two respects. First, it represents a very useful tool for those who wish to begin grappling with different approaches to difficult theological problems. The book will be most helpful to beginning students in evangelical theology, the target audience. Second, the work presents various perspectives in fair and unbiased tones. . . . If used with care, it will repeatedly reward the reader with its fair and even treatment of different theological views."--Nathan D. Holsteen, Bibliotheca Sacra

"I've been waiting for this book for some time. Due to its brief, nontechnical format, it can be used in a variety of ways in undergraduate theology courses. Although a concise volume, it succinctly outlines multiple arguments, both pro and con, for (incredibly!) over two dozen issues in disputed, largely non-fundamental areas of doctrine. The professor can present positions in favor of particular views or leave the issues open. It's settled--I'm requiring it!"--Gary R. Habermas, Liberty University

"A collective sigh of relief will arise from the evangelical student body when it discovers this book! It helpfully and critically surveys the many legitimate evangelical theological options and convincingly demonstrates that there is no single authentically evangelical viewpoint on a wide range of controversial issues. It constitutes a small library between two covers."--Roger E. Olson, George W. Truett Theological Seminary, Baylor University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801037931
  • Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 9/1/2009
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 369,003
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.79 (d)

Meet the Author

Gregory A. Boyd (PhD, Princeton Theological Seminary) is the senior pastor at Woodland Hills Church in St. Paul, Minnesota, and formerly served as professor of theology at Bethel University. Paul R. Eddy (PhD, Marquette University) is professor of biblical and theological studies at Bethel University in St. Paul, Minnesota. Boyd and Eddy are coauthors of The Jesus Legend.
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Table of Contents

Introduction
1. The Inerrancy Debate
Without Error of Any Kind (The Inerrantist View)
Infallible in Matters of Faith and Practice (The Infallibilist View)
2. The Providence Debate
All Things Happen according to God's Sovereign Will (The Calvinist View)
God Limits His Control by Granting Freedom (The Arminian View)
3. The Foreknowledge Debate
God Foreknows Future Free Actions (The Arminian View)
God Foreknows by Sovereignly Ordaining the Future (The Calvinist View)
God Foreknows All That Shall Be and All That May Be (The Open View)
4. The Genesis Debate
Created in the Recent Past (The Young Earth View)
A Very Old Work of Art (The Day-Age View)
Restoring a Destroyed Creation (The Restoration View)
Literary Theme over Literal Chronology (The Literary Framework View)
5. The Divine Image Debate
The Image of God Is the Soul (The Substantival View)
The Image of God Is Our God-Given Authority (The Functional View)
The Image of God Is Our Relationality (The Relational View)
6. The Christology Debate
The Unavoidable Paradox of the God-man (The Classical View)
Christ Relinquished His Divine Prerogatives (The Kenotic View)
7. The Atonement Debate
Christ Died in Our Place (The Penal Substitution View)
Christ Destroyed Satan and His Works (The Christus Victor View)
Christ Displayed God's Wrath against Sin (The Moral Government View)
8. The Salvation Debate
TULIP (The Calvinist View)
God Wants All to Be Saved (The Arminian View)
9. The Sanctification Debate
Sanctification as a Declaration by God (The Lutheran View)
Sanctification as Holiness in Christ and in Personal Conduct (The Reformed [Calvinist] View)
Sanctification as Resting-Faith in the Sufficiency of Christ (The Keswick "Deeper Life" View)
Entire Sanctification as Perfect Love (The Wesleyan View)
10. The Eternal Security Debate
Secure in the Power of God (The Eternal Security View)
The Need to Persist in Faith (The Conditional Security View)
11. The Destiny of the Unevangelized Debate
No Other Name (The Restrictivist View)
God Does All He Can Do (The Universal Opportunity View)
Hope beyond the Grave (The Postmortem Evangelism View)
He Has Not Left Himself without a Witness (The Inclusivist View)
12. The Baptism Debate
Baptism and Christian Discipleship (The Believer's Baptism View)
Covenanting with the Community of God (The Infant Baptism View)
13. The Lord's Supper Debate
"This Is My Body" (The Spiritual Presence View)
"In Remembrance of Me" (The Memorial View)
14. The Charismatic Gifts Debate
The Gifts Are for Today (The Continuationist View)
"Tongues Shall Cease" (The Cessationist View)
15. The Women in Ministry Debate
Created Equal, with Complementary Roles (The Complementarian View)
The Irrelevance of Gender for Spiritual Authority (The Egalitarian View)
16. The Millennium Debate
The Return before the Reign (The Premillennial View)
Working toward and Waiting for a Coming Reign of Peace (The Postmillennial View)
The Symbolic Thousand-Year Conquest of Satan (The Amillennial View)
17. The Hell Debate
The Unending Torment of the Wicked (The Classical View)
The Wicked Shall Be No More (The Annihilationist View)
Appendix
Glossary
Index
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