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However, he fails to realize that the reason it is western driven is because inerrancy is attacked most in the west. He says that he wishes to have a definition that is positive in nature which I think it really interesting - but he doesn't do the hard work and say in what dramatic ways it would change the discussion or what it would somewhat look like. Vanhoozer is just great. His approach really hits home for me in that it is very philosophy driven while still rooting his position in the Bible.

He is careful to define terms or call for defining terms. He has some good presuppositional positions and arguments that I don't know if he knows they are presuppositional in nature or not - but they are good. He gets a little weak in his application and wanting to include more people. He fails to answer the question "but why doesn't that mean that claim people have if that happens" a bit too many times for me to fully get behind him.

Franke is a pluralist and a borderline post-modernist. He has a love for Barth if that tells you anything for you theology geeks. He states his position is not a free-for-all but his argumentation doesn't really define the boarder of "why not? His response writings tend to be more "this isn't my view, I talk about it like this" rather than really responding to the argument.

They hold about as much water to me as a spaghetti strainer. I really thought Franke would have been my least favorite, but Enns takes that prize. Franke seems honest and straightforward about his position, Enns - not so much. If I can offer one piece of advice for reading this would be that after you read Mohler and Enns - do some research on answers for the three challenges each author must write about - specifically Jericho and the two accounts of Paul's conversion.

Enns makes it all seem like the typical Christian scholar is lying about their position. Both have answers that will satisfy a traditional inerrantist if some research is done on the topics. Overall, a fun and interesting book and topic. While it didn't really move me more towards my traditional inerrantist position with maybe respect to the historical information , I didn't really pick up any good points to the other side.

May 12, Steve Herreid rated it liked it. A creditable roundup competing views on inerrancy across the evangelical spectrum. I particularly liked the fact that all five contributors wrote responses to each other's essays. This really helps to sharpen the distinctions among the various positions. I liked this book.

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Apr 27, Jeff Alkire rated it it was amazing. Great conversation. Jan 31, David Bebber rated it really liked it. Honestly, there was only one view of historical Inerrancy defended in the book. Not Quite the Help I Was Seeking I hoped the dialogical structure of this book would help me develop a better understanding of the various ideas surrounding scriptural authority. To some extent, I did. Unfortunately, the quality of some contributions didn't measure up to that of the others, which left me wanting not more explanation, but better explanation of certain views.

The Vanhoozer essay was excellent, while the Bird and Franke essays were less impressive for different reasons - though s Not Quite the Help I Was Seeking I hoped the dialogical structure of this book would help me develop a better understanding of the various ideas surrounding scriptural authority. The Vanhoozer essay was excellent, while the Bird and Franke essays were less impressive for different reasons - though still contributed a few important thoughts; the Enns and Mohler selections were I'll definitely set aside some time to read more of Vanhoozer's work, and perhaps dedicate another hour or two to Bird, too.

Here is another multi-view debate on a biblical subject.

Al Mohler and Peter Enns on Biblical Inerrancy

With most books of this genre, we have a non-essential doctrine debated. But this volume is much more serious. I feel that in some ways it branches out a little too far. Can a person be an evangelical and also deny that the bible is true and witho Here is another multi-view debate on a biblical subject. Can a person be an evangelical and also deny that the bible is true and without error? Would that person be beyond the pale of orthodoxy? I can not speak for the rest of Evangelicals, but I personally believe that those who deny inerrancy may well have stepped over that line.

The things we see are decaying and falling apart, but those things that are not seen are eternal and will last forever. I will have to admit that I started this book with a particular presupposition and after finishing it, I came out with please forgive me for saying the same "post-suppositions".

I will not say the arguments against classical inerrancy could not convince some people, but I personally think they are found lacking. As just one example, here is a quote from Peter Enns: "This is why I feel that the term inerrancy has run its course and that evangelicals need to adopt other language with which to talk about the Bible.

As referenced repeatedly in this essay, one suggestion I have articulated is an incarnational metaphor: Scripture is a collection of a variety of writings that necessarily and unashamedly reflects the worlds in which those writings were produced. I understand that Enns is not using the word "world" in the same since as Paul when he said we are not to be "conformed to this world", but it does sound a little weird to say God is reflecting the beliefs of the world when he spoke.

Enns believes the Bible contains errors but he will not come right out and say it. Why does he not just say what he means? Either the Bible is God-Breathed or man-breathed. If God wrote it, like Jesus claimed, how can we say it has mistakes and errors? Like Calvin, I believe God uses a sort of baby-talk to speak to man.

God has to, in some since, talk down to us. He is infinite and we are finite. But there is a big difference in talking down to a baby and telling that same baby a flat-out lie. I could have told my son, when he was a toddler, that the sky is blue and that would be true in some sense. Even though it is really made up of all colors, because of our atmosphere, blue is the most visible. On the other hand if I told him the moon was made of cheese In the same way, if the walls of Jericho did not exist, then the Bible is not truthful when it says the walls feel down.

If this were the case, the Bible is not accommodating the finite mind of man; it is misleading man all together. Our finite minds can not comprehend an infinite God, but the little amount God allows us to comprehend is true. I enjoyed this book and recommend it with "much" reservations.

I give it 3 out of 5 stars. Bock served as president of the Evangelical Theological Society. The rapture is a contested doctrine among evangelicals. Scholars generally hold one of three perspectives on the timing of and circumstances surrounding the rapture, all of which are presented in Three Views on the Rapture. The recent prominence of a pre-wrath understanding of the rapture calls for a fresh examination of this important but contested Christian belief. Alan D. Hultberg explains the pre-wrath view; Craig Blaising defends the pre-Tribulation view; and Douglas Moo sets forth the post-Tribulation view.

Each author provides a substantive explanation of his position, which is critiqued by the other two authors. A thorough introduction gives a historical overview of the doctrine of the rapture and its effects on the church. The doctrine of the Trinity stands front and center of the Christian faith and its articulation. After a sustained drought of trinitarian engagement, the doctrine of the Trinity has increasingly resurged to the forefront of Evangelical confession.

In order to facilitate a genuine debate and to make sure that the key issues are teased out, each contributor addresses the same questions regarding their trinitarian methodology, doctrine, and its implications. Jason S. Sexton earned his PhD from the University of St. Andrews and is a minister in the Evangelical Free Church of America. Each view—egalitarian and complementarian—is represented by two contributors. Each author states his or her case and is then critiqued by the other.

The fair-minded, interactive Counterpoints forum allows you to compare and contrast the two different positions, and to form your own opinion concerning the practical and often deeply personal issue of women in ministry. Beck is senior professor of counseling at Denver Seminary.

What exactly is church growth? In what ways has the movement actually brought growth to the church, and how effective has it been in doing so? What are its strengths and weaknesses? This timely book addresses such questions. After providing a richly informative history and overview, it explores—in a first-ever roundtable of their leading voices—five main perspectives, both pro and con, on the classic Church Growth movement. Gary L. This volume outlines a clear, engaging description of the six most prevalent models of worship in North American churches, presented by advocates for each position.

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He has also served as pastor of other churches in Alabama and Texas and as an adjunct professor at Beeson Divinity School. Offering a forum for presentation, critique, and defense, this book allows the contributors for the different viewpoints to interact. Your own informed conclusions can then guide you as you meet the questions of a needy world with the claims of the gospel.

Steven B. Do the Law and the Gospel belong to two separate dispensations? Has the Gospel replaced the Law? What is the relevance of the Old Testament Law to our lives as Christians? Is there continuity between it and what Christ expects of us in the Gospel? It is no secret that Christians have differed widely on these questions. This book explores five major approaches to this important biblical topic that have developed in Protestant circles.

Each of the five authors presents his particular perspective on the issue and responds to the other four. Christians generally recognize the need to live a holy, or sanctified, life. But they differ on what sanctification is and how it is achieved. Five Views on Sanctification brings together in one easy-to-understand volume five major Protestant views on sanctification.

Writing from a solid evangelical stance, each author describes and defends his own understanding of the doctrine, and responds as well to the views of the other authors.

This book addresses such practical questions as: How does one achieve sanctification in this life? How much success in sanctification is possible? If so, what kind of experience, and how is it verified? How do the Scriptures portray the complex interplay between grace and free will? These and related questions are explored from different angles in this thought-provoking volume.

The contributors each state their case for one of four prominent views on eternal security: classical Calvinist, moderate Calvinist, reformed Arminian, and Wesleyan Arminian. In keeping with the forum approach of the Counterpoints series, each view is first presented by its proponent, then critiqued and defended. This fair and respectful approach allows you to weigh for yourself the strengths and weaknesses of the different doctrinal stances.

By furnishing you with scholarly and thoughtful perspectives on the topic of eternal security, this book helps you sift through opposing views to arrive at your own informed conclusions. The Bible has long served as the standard for Christian practice, yet believers still disagree on how biblical passages should be interpreted and applied. Moreover, due to the far-reaching implications this topic holds for biblical studies, theology, and church teaching, this book includes three additional reflections by Christopher J.

Wright, Mark L. Strauss, and Al Wolters on the theological and practical interpretation of biblical texts. Gary T. Is the book of Revelation a blueprint for the future that needs decoding if we want to understand current events? Is it a book of powerful imagery, with warnings and promises for the church throughout the ages? Or is it essentially an imaginative depiction of historical events in the first century?

Four Views on the Book of Revelation explores the four main views in which Revelation is understood: preterist, idealist, classical dispensationalist futurist, and progressive dispensationalist. Marvin Pate taught for 13 years at Moody Bible Institute. Christians are often shocked to read that Yahweh, the God of the Israelites, commanded the total destruction—all men, women, and children—of the ethnic group known as the Canaanites.

What does genocide in the Bible have to do with the politics of the twenty-first century? This book explores, in typical Counterpoints format, the Old Testament command of God to exterminate the Canaanite population and what that implies about continuity between the Old and New Testaments. Are Messianic congregations necessary or should Jewish believers be incorporated into the Gentile church?

The question of how Christian Jews relate their Jewish practices and customs to the church has been an issue within Christianity since the first century. Contemporary contributors who have lived and wrestled with this issue present informed arguments and counter-arguments. The book concludes with a chapter on the future for Messianic Jews and a directory of messianic movement organizations. Among born-again Christians, twenty-seven percent have experienced divorce as compared to twenty-four percent in the general population.

Yet no consensus exists among evangelicals on their views of remarriage, leaving many Christians confused. This single volume summarizes and explores three main evangelical views: no remarriage, remarriage after adultery or desertion, and remarriage for a variety of reasons. Each of the three contributors offers his point of view succinctly with biblical support, and each interacts with the others to help readers come to their own conclusions.

Churches have split and denominations have formed over the issue of church government. What model for governing the church does the Bible provide? Is there room for different methods? Or is just one way the right way? In Who Runs the Church? Four predominant approaches to church government are presented by respected proponents. What is the significance of water baptism? Who should be baptized? Is infant baptism scriptural? Which is the proper baptismal mode: sprinkling, pouring, or immersion?

Should people be rebaptized if they join a church that teaches a different form of baptism? Should baptism be required for church membership? These and other questions are explored in this thought-provoking book. John H. He is an adjunct professor of evangelism at Wheaton College Graduate School. How frequently should we observe it? What does this meal mean? What happens when we eat the bread and drink from the cup?

What do Christians disagree about and what do they hold in common? This volume in the Counterpoints series allows four contributors to make a case for the following views: Baptist, Reformed, Lutheran, and Roman Catholic. Questions about divine providence have preoccupied Christians for generations. Are people elected to salvation? For whom did Jesus die?

This book introduces readers to four prevailing views on divine providence, with particular attention to the question of who Jesus died to save the extent of the atonement and if or how God determines who will be saved predestination. Four Views on Divine Providence helps readers think theologically about all the issues involved in exploring this doctrine. The point-counterpoint format reveals the assumptions and considerations that drive equally learned and sincere theologians to sharp disagreement.

It unearths the genuinely decisive issues beneath an often superficial debate. Each author explains his position, which is critiqued by the other three authors. The interactive and fair-minded nature of the counterpoints format allows the reader to consider the strengths and weaknesses of each view and draw informed, personal conclusions. Introductory and closing essays by Dennis Jowers give relevant background and guide readers toward their own informed beliefs about divine providence.

Paul, MN. Gregory A. Boyd is the founder and senior pastor of Woodland Hills Church in St. He was a professor of theology at Bethel College in Minnesota for 16 years. He is a national and international speaker at churches, colleges, conferences, and retreats, and has appeared on numerous radio and television shows. Dennis Jowers is an associate professor of theology and apologetics at Faith Evangelical Seminary in Tacoma, Washington.

To read the New Testament is to meet the Old Testament at every turn. But exactly how do Old Testament texts relate to their New Testament references and allusions? Moreover, what fruitful interpretive methods do New Testament texts demonstrate? This volume introduces three approaches presently employed in the study of the uses of the Old Testament in the New Testament, especially in those instances where the New Testament authors discern the fulfillment of a prophetic element in the Old Testament text.

Contributors address elements such as divine and human authorial intent, the context of Old Testament references, and theological grounds for an interpretive method. Each author applies his framework to specific texts so that readers can see how their methods work out in practice. Each contributor also receives a thorough critique from the other two authors. A one-stop reference for setting the scene and presenting approaches to the topic that respect the biblical text, Three Views on the New Testament Use of Old Testament gives readers the tools they need to develop their own views on this important subject.

Walter C. Kaiser Jr. Peter Enns is a Reformed Evangelical Christian and a biblical scholar. He is a frequent contributor to journals and encyclopedias, and the author of several books, including Exodus in the NIV Application Commentary and Inspiration and Incarnation: Evangelicals and the Problem of the Old Testament. Four Views on the Spectrum of Evangelicalism compares and contrasts four distinct positions on the current fundamentalist-evangelical spectrum in light of the history of American fundamentalism and evangelicalism.

Franke is particularly interested in engaging postmodern thought and culture from the perspective of Christian faith in order to explore the opportunities and challenges they present for the witness and ministry of the gospel. In addition to teaching at Biblical, he has lectured and taught on the relationships between theology, ministry, and postmodernity in the United States, Canada, England, and New Zealand and is actively involved in research and writing. In addition to publishing numerous articles and reviews, he is the co-author of Beyond Foundationalism: Shaping Theology in a Postmodern Context and the author of The Character of Theology and Barth for Armchair Theologians.

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