Who is Chosen?: Four Theories about Christian Salvation

Who is Chosen?: Four Theories about Christian Salvation

by Thomas L. Humphries


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Who is Chosen? introduces students to four different theories about Christian salvation. The goal is not to convince anyone to agree with a particular theory, but rather to allow students to be more informed about major lines of thought within Christian theology. Discussion questions and a short critique are provided for each major theory. There are also brief remarks concerning the vexing problem of addressing Christian salvation to those outside of the Christian Church.

""This is a wonderful gem! Who is Chosen? is an ideal introduction to fundamental questions surrounding the theology of election and salvation. Humphries engages perennially thorny questions through a conversation with four key, but markedly distinct, figures: Origen, Augustine, Calvin, and Balthasar. One is struck by the careful and judicious overview Humphries offers each figure. This is an outstanding resource for a theology class!""
--Gerald P. Boersma, Ave Maria University

""Balancing humility and conviction, Dr. Humphries invites one to ponder the seminal matter of Christian faith: salvation. . . . Who is Chosen? elicits critical reflection upon perennial themes of heaven, hell, and free will, while calling upon the reader to contemplate the saving mysteries of God. One is encouraged to direct one's reflections to one's own holiness and missionary service unto others.""
--Michael J. Tkacik, Saint Leo University, Florida

""I would recommend this book for students or anyone else wanting an outline they can use to grasp the theological contours which have arisen to answer the questions concerning who will be saved.""
--Henry C. Anthony Karlson III, author ofThe Eschatological Judgment of Christ

""In this text, Humphries unlocks the key sources and questions about salvation with a succinct and insightful examination of four major theories (Origen, Augustine, Calvin, and Balthasar). It will be an invaluable companion to any students who are studying this vexing question.""
--Stephen Okey, Saint Leo University

""This is a very well-organized and reader-friendly introduction to some of the important questions pertaining to Christian salvation. Dr. Humphries provides to beginners and seasoned thinkers of soteriology a very helpful guide through some complicated theories of salvation . . . . I recommend this book to teachers and students alike who are interested in basic questions of Christian salvation.""
--Brendan Thomas Sammon, St. Joseph's University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Thomas Humphries is an Associate Professor of Philosophy, Theology, and Religion at Saint Leo University in Florida. He is also the author of Ascetic Pneumatology (2013).

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781532632174
Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers
Publication date: 07/13/2017
Pages: 70
Sales rank: 789,000
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.14(d)

About the Author

Thomas Humphries is an Associate Professor of Philosophy, Theology, and Religion at Saint Leo University in Florida. He is also the author of Ascetic Pneumatology (2013).

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction xi

1 Christian Salvation in Sacred Scripture 1

Overview of Salvation History

An "Exegetical Problem"

2 Origenism and the Restoration of All Things 10

The Exegetical Argument for Universalism

The Good God Who is Beginning and End

The Problem of Evil

Key Questions

A Short Critique of Origen

3 St. Augustine of Hippo 19

Exegesis of Original Sin

Necessity and Sufficiency for Salvation

Divine Grace and Human Will

The Massa Damnata, Hell, and Gods Inscrutable Will

Reception of Augustine

Key Questions

A Short Critique of St. Augustine

4 John Calvin and Double Predestination 34

Scripture Reveals that Double Predestination Belongs to God alone

Responsibility for (the Problem of) Evil

Making Sense of Double Predestination

Proof of Election

Key Questions

A Short Critique of Calvin

5 Hans Urs von Balthasar and the Hope for Universal Salvation 43

The Exegetical Problem Really is a Problem Hell

Obligatory Hope Key Questions

A Short Critique of Balthasar

Conclusion 53

Bibliography 57

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