Item description for Progressive Dispensationalism (BridgePoint Books) by Craig A. Blaising & Darrell L. Bock...
Overview Summarizes recent developments in dispensational thought and treats major biblical themes according to this interpretive framework.
Publishers Description "A new breed of thinkers is emerging within dispensationalism. As representatives of the new generation, Blaising and Bock provide a thoughtful presentation of progressive dispensationalism."-Stanley J. Grenz "This book will bring the reader up-to-date on progressive dispensationalism... Progressive Dispensationalism is a handy summary of where the movement it describes fits on the deispensational map and how it got there."-Donald K. Campbell
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Craig A. Blaising (Th.D., Dallas Theological Seminary) is the Associate Vice President for Doctoral Studies at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Darrell L. Bock (Ph.D., University of Aberdeen) is Research Professor of New Testament at Dallas Theological Seminary.
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Progressive Dispensationalism Oct 25, 2007
This is a really good book. Very thorough and well written. I recommend it for academic reading. It is not casual reading.
Progressive Dispensationalism Jul 16, 2006
"...the authors rightly see the need to get over the rigid literalism of classical-revised dispensationalism and to work with extra-Biblical materials for proper hermeneutics and exegesis." The above is quoted from one of the reviews posted. This implies that we must go beyond God's Word to find the truth...does that really make sense? God's Revelation to man is complete...as it says in the end of the book of that title. Progressive Dispensationalism, and Covenant Theology, do not adhere to a grammatical, historical, contextual, and literal hermeneutic. If you do not do this...then you can make Scripture mean anything you wish. The best books on PD and Covenant Theology would be the ones that illustrate this.
excellent stuff Jun 25, 2006
for quite a while i was torn between dispensationalism and covenant theology.. while i was convinced God still had a purpose for national Israel & the Kingdom hadn't as yet been fully inaugurated i couldn't square classic & revised dispensationalism's theology up to scripture - too many dichotomies and salvation plans for my liking.. i was much more impressed by the covenental theologians' holistic salvation plan but not so keen on the supercessionism that invariably seemed to be entailed by it.. this book finds the middle road between the two (to which blaising & bock admit is the case) and take the best aspects of both viewpoints.. im convinced this will challenge both reformed & dispensational thinkers to review some of their notions of God's ultimate plan of salvation.. big thumbs up..
Something All Diligent Lay Christians Must Read May 29, 2006
I am not a Christian with fanciful theological degrees from one of the acclaimed seminaries. No, I'm strictly a lay believer who loves the Lord and strives to understand His ways and His will. Before coming to this book, I had studied the Bible with more than 30 commentaries and thought I knew something about God's Word. Boy, was I self-deceived.
You see, I had never ventured into the area of Biblical Theology (as opposed to Systematic Theology). I had always considered divine covenants to be nothing more than an historical footnote in the history of Israel, with little relevance for today's believer. Thanks to this book I now understand how covenants are probably the most important theme in Holy Scripture.
No, you don't need to be a dispensationalist to learn from this book (I'm not one). And don't be fooled by people who harbor strong suscipions about dispensational theology. There's nothing heretic about it's latest iteration, Progressive Dispensationalism. In fact, this book has only a relatively minor chapter on dispensations. Most of the book focuses on two important biblical themes: the covenants and the Kingdom of God.
One warning though: If you are a non-scholar like me, you'll probably find this book boring. But push your way through the pages and by the time you get to see how one covenant links to the next before finally arriving at the New Covenant, you will see the glorious redemptive plan of God. And when you get to the final chapter of the book, your soul will be overflowing with praise for the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.
Standard Progressive Dispensational Work Apr 19, 2005
Anyone who is interested in what progressive dispensationalism is, should start reading this book. Very scholarly, but easy to read. Blaising and Bock do an excellent job describing the major tenents of progressive dispensationalism. While affirming traditional dispensational distinctives (e.g., future for ethnic Israel, grammatical-historical hermeneutics, etc.), the authors rightly see the need to get over the rigid literalism of classical-revised dispensationalism and to work with extra-Biblical materials for proper hermeneutics and exegesis. Blaising's chapter on the history of dispensationalism (Chapter 1) is an excellent read and Bock's two chapters on hermeneutics (Chapters 2 and 3) are priceless. Blaising does an excellent job in Chapters 5-8 in arguing for the "already/not yet" view of the OT prophesies and promises. He gives plenty of scriptural passages to argue his points and will not leave the reader guessing on how he comes to that conclusion. Progressive dispensationalism avoids the excesses of both classical-revised dispensationalism with its "not yet" emphasis and "replacement theology" with its "already" emphasis. Blaising rightly points out that both aspects of the Kingdom are taught in the Bible. The only problem I have with the authors is that they tend to equate the Church with the present Kingdom. I dangerous idea to say the least. Also, Blaising's final chapter (Chapter 9) might turn off many conservative evangelicals because it advocates a type of social gospel.