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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802806154
  • Publisher: Eerdmans, William B. Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 2/19/1992
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 0.75 (w) x 5.50 (h) x 8.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword xiii
Preface xvii
Introduction 1
Part 1 Formulating the Issue
1. The Issue in Context 11
The Question 11
Should an Answer Be Attempted? 15
The Topic within Evangelicalism 20
Two Essential Truths 25
Control Beliefs 31
Part 2 The Two Extremes: Restrictivism and Universalism
2. Restrictivism: All the Unevangelized Are Damned 37
Key Biblical Texts 38
Theological Considerations 42
The Particularity and Finality of the Revelation and Salvific Work of Jesus 42
General Revelation Does Not Provide a Means to Salvation 45
Commitment to Christ Must Occur during One's Lifetime 46
The Unevangelized Deserve Condemnation 47
The Implications of the Restrictivist Position for Missions 48
The Doctrine of Limited Atonement 50
Leading Defenders 51
Augustine 51
John Calvin 56
R. C. Sproul 58
Evaluation 60
The Accessibility of Salvation 60
The Role of Christ in Salvation 62
The Character of General Revelation 68
The Boundary of Death 70
The Question of Missions 71
Limited Atonement 71
Historical Bibliography 73
3. Universalism: All the Unevangelized Are Saved 81
Key Biblical Texts 83
Theological Considerations 89
Sovereign Love 89
God's Eternal Persistence 93
The Justice of God 94
Leading Defenders 98
Origen 98
Charles Chauncy 101
John A. T. Robinson 104
Evaluation 106
Universalism vs. Universally Accessible Salvation 107
The Reality of Hell 108
Divine Love and Human Freedom 110
The Purpose of Divine Judgment 114
Excursus on Radical Pluralism 115
The Pitfalls of Radical Reinterpretation 119
Who Is God? What Is Salvation? 119
The Criteria for Truth 122
Historical Bibliography 124
Part 3 Salvation As Universally Accessible
4. The Wider Hope 131
Historical Bibliography 137
5. Universal Evangelization -- before Death 151
God Will Send the Message 152
Key Biblical Texts 153
Theological Considerations 153
A Leading Defender: Thomas Aquinas 156
Historical Bibliography 159
Universal Opportunity at Death 164
Theological Considerations 165
Middle Knowledge 167
Evaluation 171
God Will Send the Message 171
Universal Opportunity at Death 172
Middle Knowledge 173
6. Eschatological Evangelization 177
Key Biblical Texts 178
Theological Considerations 189
The Insufficiency of General Revelation for Salvation 189
Our Destinies Are Not Necessarily Determined at Death 190
Implications of the Belief That Infants Who Die Are Saved 191
The Broad Implications of Universally Accessible Salvation 192
Leading Defenders 195
Joseph Leckie 195
Gabriel Fackre 197
George Lindbeck 200
Evaluation 205
Historical Bibliography 211
7. Inclusivism: Universally Accessible Salvation apart from Evangelization 215
Key Biblical Texts 217
Theological Considerations 224
Believers vs. Christians 224
The Role of General Revelation 233
The Work of God in Effecting Salvation 236
The Cosmic Work of Jesus Christ 238
The Implications of the Presence of Other Religions 241
Leading Defenders 249
John Wesley 249
C. S. Lewis 251
Clark Pinnock 257
Evaluation 264
Historical Bibliography 267
Conclusion 281
Appendix Infant Salvation and Damnation 287
Only Baptized or Elect Children Are Saved 290
Through Baptism 291
Through Election 294
The Destiny of Infants Who Die Is a Mystery 296
Evangelization in or after Death 297
All Young Children Who Die Are Saved 298
The Arminian Argument 299
The Reformed Argument 300
Conclusion 304
Index of Subjects and Names 307
Index of Scripture References 311
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