Historic heresies didn’t die or fade away. Each generation boasts its own. Even while these counterfeit teachings remain outside the accepted bounds of Christianity, modern-day versions plague churches.So how does a church leader or pastor understand and deal with these age-old controversies when they pop up in the congregation?
In this book, Roger Olson describes the curses but also gifts that heresies bring the Church. While heresies can occasionally correct a version of orthodoxy, they are not simple confusions or misunderstandings about impenetrable mysteries of divine revelation. Instead they undermine the faith and are dangerous distortions. The author describes major heresies and how the church dealt with them, the players, and what pastors can do to address these faith issues in order to educate congregations about Jesus, God, and salvation.
Also included are questions for individual or group study.
Also available - a Leader guide with DVD in which Adam Hamilton hosts on-screen conversations with Roger Olson (9781501806360)
About the Author
Roger E. Olson is Foy Valentine professor of Christian theology and ethics at Baylor University. A past president of the American Theological Society (Midwest Division), Olson has been the co-chair of the Evangelical Theology Group of the American Academy of Religion for two years. An expert in historical theology, he is a frequent preacher, teacher and speaker for local churches and organizations.
Table of Contents
1 Understanding Heresy 1
2 Understanding Orthodoxy 21
3 The Mother of All Heresies: Gnosticism 41
4 Messing with Divine Revelation: Montanism and Marcionism 58
5 Doubting the Deity of Jesus Christ: Adoptionism, Arianism, and Nestorianism 72
6 Contesting the Trinity: Subordinationism, Modalism, and Tritheism 89
7 Setting Grace Aside: Pelagianism and Semi-Pelagianism 106
8 Making God a Monster: Divine Determinism 121
9 Reducing God to Manageable Size: Moralistic Therapeutic Deism 138
10 Using God for Personal Gain: The "Gospel" of Health and Wealth 154