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An American Augustinian: Sin and Salvation in the Dogmatic Theology of William G. T. Shedd

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William G. T. Shedd has been hailed as one of America's most important dogmatic theologians. Yet, until now there has been no systematic study of his work. In this volume two central themes in his theology are explored with particular emphasis upon the philosophical issues Shedd's work raises and his significance as a dialogue partner for contemporary theologians.

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Overview

William G. T. Shedd has been hailed as one of America's most important dogmatic theologians. Yet, until now there has been no systematic study of his work. In this volume two central themes in his theology are explored with particular emphasis upon the philosophical issues Shedd's work raises and his significance as a dialogue partner for contemporary theologians.

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Oliver D. Crisp is a lecturer in theology at the University of Bristol, UK. He is the author of Divinity and Humanity: The Incarnation Reconsidered (2007), Jonathan Edwards and the Metaphysics of Sin (2005), and coeditor (with Paul Helm) of Jonathan Edwards: Philosophical Theologian (2003). He has a PhD from the University of London.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements     xiii
Abbreviations     xv
Introduction     1
A Biographical Sketch     1
Problems Facing the Modern Reader of Shedd     4
Overview of the Book     7
Concluding Remarks     10
In Defence of Traducianism     12
Shedd's Traducian-Realism     14
Creationisim and the Problem of Imputed Sin     16
Soul-Fission     17
Shedd on Human Nature     22
Critique of Shedd's Position     24
Shedd on Human Nature Once Again     24
Are Souls Fissiparous?     25
Creationism and Imputed Sin     33
Conclusions     35
Augustinian Realism and the Imputation of Sin     37
Some Terms of Reference     38
Augustinian Realism in Shedd and Strong     42
Charles Hodge's Idiosyncratic Federalism     49
Conclusions     54
The Theanthropic Person of Christ     56
Shedding the Classical Doctrine of the Person of Christ     57
Traducianism, Realism and Christ's Human Nature     66
Conclusions     73
The Impeccability of Christ     75
The Argument from Scriptureand the Person of Christ     75
How an Impeccable Christ can be Tempted     80
Three Problems for Shedd's Account     87
Can Christ's Human Nature be Peccable?     87
Can Christ's Human Nature be Peccable?     88
The Paradox of Innocent Temptation     95
Conclusions     96
Sin, Atonement and Representationalism     98
Dogmatic Preamble     98
Situating William Shedd's Views on these Matters     102
Shedding Light on the Atonement     103
Shedd's Historico-Theological Argument Against Consistent Representationalism     104
Shedd on the 'Two Unions'     106
Shedd and Consistent Realism     111
The Nature of the Atonement     115
An Outline of Shedd's Doctrine of Atonement     116
Brummer's Critique of Penal Substitution     127
Conclusion     136
The Extent of the Atonement     138
Shedd's Argument in Dogmatic Theology     139
Clearing up Some Terminological Problems     139
Unlimited Atonement, Particular Redemption     140
Three Alternatives to Shedd's Position     142
The Extent of the Atonement and the 'Larger Hope' in Calvinism: Pure and Mixed      146
The Number of those who are Saved     146
Reasons for Holding to the 'Larger Hope'     156
Objections to Shedd's Account     160
Conclusion: An Augustinian Vision of Sin and Salvation     166
Bibliography     171
Index     179
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