Across the Spectrum, written by Bethel College theologians Gregory Boyd and Paul Eddy, offers a service to the church by carefully examining the various positions taken by evangelical scholars on eighteen seminal issues--both classic concerns and those of more contemporary interests. Rather than taking sides, however, the authors give readers the resources they need to make up their own minds.
Among the many topics discussed are baptism, the nature of the self, the foreknowledge and providence of God, the interpretation of Genesis 1-2, the destiny of the unevangelized, and the nature of hell.
In the spirit of the popular four-views books, Boyd and Eddy carefully lay out the biblical, theological, and philosophical arguments for each position and then discuss possible objections. Each chapter also includes a bibliography. A helpful appendix touches on nine additional issues.
Across the Spectrum will surely be an indispensable resource for students, professors, pastors, and anyone who wants to make sense of the issues facing today's church.
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About the Author
Gregory A. Boyd (PhD, Princeton Theological Seminary), formerly professor of theology at Bethel University, is senior pastor of Woodland Hills Church in St. Paul, Minnesota, where average attendance has grown to 5,000 since he helped plant the church in 1992. He is the author of many books, including the critically acclaimed Seeing Is Believing and the best-selling Gold Medallion Award-winner Letters from a Skeptic. He is also coauthor of The Jesus Legend.
Paul Rhodes Eddy (PhD, Marquette University) is professor of biblical and theological studies at Bethel University in St. Paul, Minnesota. He has coedited four successful multi-view volumes and is the author or editor of a number of other books, including The Jesus Legend.
Table of Contents
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)
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
A well-thought out, easy-to-understand explanation of many controversial aspects of Christianity. It presents opposing sides fairly and straightforwardly.
I tend to approach my theology the same way that I approach my politics¿both areas require thought that don't fall well into one camp or another. This book is an interesting look into varied theological beliefs shared by Christ followers from various backgrounds. The summaries are quite simplistic due to space allowed but they do generate thought. Most evangelicals will find the theological strand they follow and get an opportunity to read about, scoff at, and dismiss theological viewpoints of the less enlightened. It is a perfect book for those that want to broaden their understanding of their fellow believers, and also, for those looking to further alienate themselves from their redeemed siblings.
Though I have only read a couple of the debates in this book, I absolutely love what it stands for. You think you're set in your ways and are not budging? Read Boyd's essays on certain topics. He provides a topic and there are essays on every view in the topic: such as the millenium (pre, post, or a) or salvation (free-will vs. predestination). Boyd doesn't pick a side but provides great arguments for all sides. I want to be an Arminiast and a Calvinist after reading this book! It goes to show you how non-dogmatic we should be when discussing certain theological issues with others (church people :-) )
I own this book and recommend it to people interested in the various doctrines that unite and divide denominations. The format is very helpful: it gives the positive argument and the negative argument for each doctrine, then you decide. Really forces you to think for yourself and not just be persuaded by hearing one side or the other. This is not a text book for a theologian, but an easy to read and understand source for the rest of us. Great resource!
This is a well written book and deal with some good theological issues.