Molinist-Anabaptist Systematic Theology / Edition 1

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As the first systematic theology of its kind, the ecumenical construction synthesizes the strengths of what are typically considered two disparate branches of Christianity, namely, Roman Catholicism and Anabaptism. Focusing on the celebrated Jesuit neo-Scholastic theologian Luis de Molina (1535–1600) and the evangelical peace communities from the early modern period onward, this system integrates the best in Catholic philosophical theology with the best historical implementations of the Free Church ecclesiological tradition. In doing so, this progressive doctrinal edifice furnishes provocative new answers to perennial quandaries. Included in this discussion are the polarity between sovereign predestination and libertarian freedom, the interaction between omniscience and God's "changing his mind," and the existence of gratuitous evil. This system breaks ground in the realm of practical theology by proposing an antithetical relationship between church discipline and the sacraments. While avoiding the either-or debate between egalitarianism and complementarianism, this theology demonstrates exegetically that women should not be restricted from holding any leadership position within the church. Drawing together these dialectical and Scriptural threads, this book advocates a social ethic that exhorts Christians to display extreme reluctance on matters of war, and to exercise discernment toward political agendas by measuring them against the Sermon on the Mount.

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Editorial Reviews

Religious Studies Review, March 2009, Vol 35, No 1 - Thomas Finger
By including many divergent perspectives, MacGregor provides creative discussion and novel solutions to various issues that readers will find interesting.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761838517
  • Publisher: University Press of America
  • Publication date: 9/1/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 366
  • Product dimensions: 0.82 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 6.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Kirk R. MacGregor (Ph.D., University of Iowa) is Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at Radford University. He is the author of the book A Central European Synthesis of Radical and Magisterial Reform (2006) as well as articles in leading scholarly publications including the Journal of the American Academy of Religion, Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society, and Westminster Theological Journal.

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Table of Contents

Part 1 Preface Chapter 2 Prolegomena Chapter 3 Scientia Media According to Molina, not Arminius Chapter 4 A Molinist and Contra-Openness Approach to Scriptural "Anthropomorphisms" Chapter 5 The Coexistence of God and Genuinely Gratuitous Evil Chapter 6 Theology Proper Chapter 7 Inerrancy and the Importance of Reading Scripture Biblio-Critically Chapter 8 The Sacraments and Church Discipline Chapter 9 Women in Ministry Chapter 10 The Historical Jesus' Non-Violent yet Socially Revolutionary Conception of the Kingdom of God Part 11 Epilogue Part 12 Bibliography Part 13 Index of Scripture References Part 14 Subject Index Part 15 About the Author

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 12, 2007

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    Having to have read this book to write one of his papers, I am very frustrated on having to purchase it. Never in my life do I hope to read something written like this again. If anyone has seen any of the Matrix films, then you know how frustrating it is when Morpheus speaks. This book feels and reads like Morpheus wrote it and it is constantly a struggle just to understand what MacGregor is saying. Just because the book is about an extremely deep topic, religion...does not mean it has to read write a mathematical formula written out in words. The book is how MacGregor speaks during lectures...I was lost just the same. I do not recommend reading this book, maybe if you are in a higher up class in religion. But for the introductory class? Good grief.

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