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From the Back Cover
About the Author
Stanley N. Gundry is executive vice president and editor-in-chief for the Zondervan Corporation. He has been an influential figure in the Evangelical Theological Society, serving as president of ETS and on its executive committee, and is adjunct professor of Historical Theology at Grand Rapids Theological Seminary. He is the author of seven books and has written many articles appearing in popular and academic periodicals.
J. Matthew Pinson (MAR, Yale University) is president of Free Will Baptist Bible College in Nashville, Tennessee.
Michael Horton (PhD) is Professor of Systematic Theology and Apologetics at Westminster Seminary in California. Author of many books, including The Christian Faith: A Systematic Theology for Pilgrims on the Way, he also hosts the White Horse Inn radio program. He lives with his wife, Lisa, and four children in Escondido, California.
Norman Geisler (PhD, Loyola University) is president of Southern Evangelical Seminary and author or coauthor of over fifty books including Decide for Yourself, Baker’s Encyclopedia of Apologetics, and When Skeptics Ask.
Stephen M. Ashby (PhD, Bowling Green State University) is assistant professor of philosophy and religious studies at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. --This text refers to the paperback edition.
- ASIN : B004OR17C0
- Publisher : Zondervan Academic (October 11, 2011)
- Publication date : October 11, 2011
- Language : English
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The authors views are listed on the cover, and while it covered the spectrum in viewpoints in theory, in practice I didn't find the authors matched the titles given.
For instance, the Classical Calvinism was written mostly about Covenantal Theology and less like Calvin's teachings on predestination/election. I didn't feel the contributor accurately represented C.C. as well as a John Piper or a Mark Driscoll would.
Secondly, Norman Geisler is incredibly articulate and thoughtful, but he doesn't really represent Moderate Calvinism in my opinion--he plays word-games and Point-of-View references to create an articulate but fantastical theology that I just don't see is supported biblically. Such a shame from someone who has done such works as I Don't Have Enough Faith To Be An Atheist (along with Frank Turek) or Baker Encyclopedia of Christian Apologetics. Disappointing contribution but he was still respectful and thoughtful.
Third, the Wesleyan Arminian contributor quoted less of Jacobus Arminius than either the Reformed Arminian or even the Calvinist contributors, focusing on Wesley himself. While I have no doubt he represented Wesley's theology well, he neglected where Wesley got his ideas from, and therefore left his own contribution standing on eggshells.
Finally, the contributor I found the most composed and complete was the Reformed Arminian, who's view probably resembles mine the closest--for me, he articulated what I believed in a rational, biblically-consistent way, with respect for his colleagues and with the most attention to detail surrounding the person from whom his position originates--Jacobus Arminius.
I think all four authors were well-written, well-spoken, though some were more convincing in their arguments than others, and certainly all were respectful towards opposing viewpoints.
I also really appreciate the Responses that happen after each contributor, where the other contributors get a chance to respond to the chapter with cross-examination style mini-chapters.
All in all, a satisfying experience--very balanced & fair, but generally limited in scope for the topic at hand.
I say this because this fascinating read deals with these two huge issues, which directly affect one's outcome on the eternal security/perseverance/apostasy issue. What one gives up on depravity one will try and make up on justification. Grace is a huge topic impacting predestination and conditional or unconditional salvation.
Each of these four differing views struggles with the question of how one is saved. Solving this with election or lack of it, free will or lack of it, resistable grace or irresistable grace. These dilemmas are caused by each of the four's primary hermeneutic being logic. Harper insightfully states: "Logic becomes a substitute for mystery; explanation a substitute for wonder." Then he turns around himself and works his way out of a theological dilemma by logic.
Interesting as these four views here articulately represented is letting Scripture speak to the issue. What is missing is the Lutheran view, which oddly enough does exactly what Harper proposes Scripture in fact does: lets the mystery of it all rest with God, and doesn't give us any logical out. Total depravity, justification by grace through faith alone; resistable grace by the unbeliever; apostasy is a definite possibility for the believer. Logically this doesn't jive, but the Bible does make this case. When logic seeps in to solve this "mystery", then one of these cases will capture man's following as here demonstrated.
One could see Francis Pieper's appropriate section in his four volume Christian Dogmatics translated into Engligh.