Item description for The Other Side of the Good News: Contemporary Challenges to Jesus Teaching on Hell by Larry Dixon...
Overview In a time of Christian confusion and evangelical erosion, Jesus' teaching about the destiny of the wicked needs to be emphasized. Is there a biblical doctrine of hell or are Christians free to hold a variety of viewpoints on this issue? In this book Larry Dixon examines many of the current theories on hell and encourages the reader to take the Bible's teaching on Hell as seriously as Jesus Christ did in order to tell people the Good News that we know so that they won't spend eternity on The Other Side of the Good News. Dixon looks at three alternative views to the traditional doctrine of hell, universalism, annihilationism and post-mortem conversion. In the last chapter he asks "Does it make any difference what view Christians hold about the Other Side?" and "Can there be alternative positions within the church?"
Publishers Description John Charles Ryle 1816 1900 was the first Bishop of Liverpool England. After a dazzling sporting career at school and university poised on the verge of national recognition he gave it all up to become a minister in the Church of England.However his leadership abilities on the field of play stood out and prepared him for the difficult task of being an evangelical leader of a mixed diocese in the most sectarian of English cities. Throughout his period in office Ryle was respected by his colleagues to the extent that even one of his most strident opponents broke down and wept at the news of his death. He was able to master the difficult task of being firm in his beliefs and loving in his application of them. His gracious spirit is an example to us today. This is probably why many of Ryle's writings have been continuously in print for over 100 years. Here Ryle explains that divisive often derided and misapplied by advertising term 'born again'. He explains what being 'born again' means why it is necessary and how you can tell whether you are. Much of the value of this publication though lies in what Ryle writes next. In his gracious yet firm way Ryle devotes the majority of the book to explaining how the objections people have had to the doctrine should be handled and overcome with gentle persuasion.It is a supreme example of the art of persuasion.
Community Description It is a time of Christian confusion and, therefore, uncertain witness. Is there a biblical doctrine of hell or are Christians free to hold a variety of viewpoints on this issue? If so, does it matter which one? Larry Dixon examines current theories and encourages you to take the Bible's teaching on hell as seriously as Jesus did. If he came to us with the Good News then we don't want people to spend eternity on the other side of the Good News.
Three alternative views to the traditional doctrine of hell are examined; universalism, annihilationism and post-mortem conversion. In a thought-provoking final chapter Dixon summarizes how different views affect our interaction with non-Christians and the extent of our freedom to hold different views.
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Studio: Christian Focus
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.48" Width: 6.34" Height: 0.71" Weight: 0.56 lbs.
Release Date Mar 21, 2003
Publisher Christian Focus Publications
ISBN 1857928040 ISBN13 9781857928044
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More About Larry Dixon
Larry Dixon is Professor of Systematic Theology and Church History at Columbia International University, South Carolina.
Larry Dixon currently resides in the state of South Carolina.
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Helpful, thorough critique of Stott and Pinnock Jul 19, 2004
Larry Dixon has written a very helpful book that gives an overview of the three contemporary challenges to the traditional understanding of hell as eternal torment - annihilationism, post mortem conversion and universalism. In particular he spends much time on the ideas of John Stott and Clark Pinnock who take the annihiliationist view.
Dixon defends the traditional understanding of the teaching of Jesus on eternal torment in the context both of Jesus' own teaching and also a proper theological understanding of the great offense of sin in the eyes of a holy God.
Ultimately Dixion reveals that God's grace and mercy are magnified in the provision of salvation through Jesus Christ. After all, why do we even need a savior if there is no hell?
Dixon's editors did him no favors. He frequently states a person's position and then comments on that position without making a clear distinction between the faulty position and his own comment. This leads to frequent confusion and questioning if Dixion is agreeing or disagreeing with the faulty teaching. Dixon often quotes another person and then moves on, expecting the reader to make the correct determination as to whether that quote was orthodox or heterodox. This unfortunate lack of analysis leaves the less-informed reader hanging and confused at best, or possibly even misinformed at worst.
Overall, with careful reading and a Bible close by, this is a good book to have in your library, a helpful reference for the topic, and a summary of good concise arguments.