Perspectives on Eternal Security: Biblical, Historical, and Philosophical Perspectives

Perspectives on Eternal Security: Biblical, Historical, and Philosophical Perspectives

by Kirk R. MacGregor
     
 

Eternal security, or personal assurance of final salvation, constitutes the single most important matter of practical theology in the Christian tradition. For the past twenty centuries, no other doctrine has exerted such a direct impact on the lives of lay Christians, driving their daily actions, guiding their permanent choices, and shaping their psychology. From

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Eternal security, or personal assurance of final salvation, constitutes the single most important matter of practical theology in the Christian tradition. For the past twenty centuries, no other doctrine has exerted such a direct impact on the lives of lay Christians, driving their daily actions, guiding their permanent choices, and shaping their psychology. From the New Testament period onward, a diversity of views on biblical interpretation, anthropology, and divine sovereignty have produced numerous models of eternal security. However, due to the early modern fracturing of Protestant thought along Reformed and Arminian lines, today most evangelicals equate eternal security with Calvin's perseverance of the saints.

In an ecumenical vein, this collection of essays aims to remedy the knowledge gap by bringing a breadth of biblical, historical, and philosophical perspectives to bear on the question of eternal security. These essays comprise the first print anthology from the online theological journal Testamentum Imperium, an international forum founded and edited by Kevaughn Mattis featuring scores of first-rate articles from Christian thinkers worldwide on the topic of eternal security. This book therefore analyzes Calvin's model of perseverance alongside views on eternal security ranging historically from Clement of Rome to contemporary developments in philosophical theology and process theology. Furthermore, this book explores and strengthens the biblical roots of eternal security through an illuminating host of thematic studies on whole books and exegetical studies on particular passages. Hence this volume will profit all who are interested in the scriptural foundations and historical outworkings of eternal security.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781556358708
Publisher:
Wipf & Stock Publishers
Publication date:
05/07/2009
Pages:
238
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

Meet the Author

Kirk R. MacGregor is Assistant Professor of Religion at James Madison University. His is the author A Molinist-Anabaptist Systematic Theology (2007) and A Central European Synthesis of Radical and Magisterial Reform (2006).

Kevaughn Mattis is Founder and Managing Director of Testamentum Imperium Online Journal (http://www.preciousheart.net/ti). He earned his LLB (Hons) from the University of London in 2008 and is a prospective LPC student of BPP Law School, Manchester, UK (2009-2010).

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