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Overview Presents a readable, accessible, yet comprehensive primer that introduces readers to the issues and options present in Christian theology in point-counterpoint fashion.
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Studio: Baker Academic
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.98" Width: 6.06" Height: 0.84" Weight: 0.94 lbs.
Release Date Jun 1, 2002
Publisher Baker Publishing Group
ISBN 0801022762 ISBN13 9780801022760
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More About Gregory Boyd
Gregory A. Boyd, formerly professor of theology at Bethel College, is senior pastor of Woodland Hills Church where average attendance has grown to 5,000 since he helped plant the church in 1992. He is the author of many books, including the critically acclaimed Seeing Is Believing and the best-selling Gold Medallion Award-winner Letters from a Skeptic. He lives in St. Paul, Minnesota. Al Larson is a national board certified counselor and the president and founder of Dynamics of Growth Inc., a counseling, consulting, and training organization. He lives in Oakdale, Minnesota.
Gregory A. Boyd currently resides in the state of Minnesota. Gregory A. Boyd was born in 1957.
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Get some perspective, people! Jul 9, 2006
It shouldn't have to be said, but since no one has REALLY said it, I will. Do you negative reviewers actually believe that the authors hold all of these views? And that it is their intent for you to just pick any of them (cafeteria-style) and that they're all equal? Do you think that they crafted all of these positions? From many of the comments, some of you are placing the blame on Boyd and Eddy for presenting views held by a good number of your fellow believers. PLEASE....before blasting away with all the negativity, understand what the intent of the book is.
Several of the reviewers here "get it." I have read this book and refer to it regularly when trying to understand the basis for a position that I do not hold when I have come across someone who does hold such a view. And, by the way, you can't tell from reading this book what position the authors actually hold, anyway. Can any of you tell me which of these views are held by Paul Eddy? I don't think so. Just because you may have read some of Boyd's other books and think you have him pegged, doesn't mean that these topics aren't treated very fairly in this book. It's a great resource and its a shame that many of us are so quick to criticize without using the wisdom that God has for us.
Note to Jan from Baltimore - I read your four other reviews, too. Do you have anything edifying to say about anything? You're very verbose (are you sure you didn't go to an Ivy League school?) but really didn't say anything of value, in my humble opinion.
This book has helped me to strengthen my conservative beliefs (not obtained from "liberal Yale or Princeton", Jan) via solid scripture and to better understand other evangelical beliefs (and their history) held by Christians with whom I will celebrate with in heaven. Just because we don't all hold the same EXACT beliefs about non-core salvation issues, if we have repented and now follow Jesus, we can sing His praises in the Kingdom....together.
Let's focus on what we have in common as believers rather than simply trash something we don't understand.
By the way, if you're an evangelical Christian, I'll bet that your beliefs are fairly presented in this book. Nice work to the authors on this one!
Bible-citing does not equal Biblical or Evangelical May 7, 2006
"The Bible is used as the authority in defining every position described here. That should be enough for any evangelical to give it consideration."
This sort of philosophy found in the book is deadly. Just because some theologaster quotes verses to 'support' the position doesn't legitimize it. How naive and silly to suppose that mere citation of Bible texts sanctions a theological position as Evangelical or Scriptural.
Where does this sort of sloppy thinking lead? Cults, that's right. LDS and Jehovah Witness quote more verses than almost everyone. Does that make their doctrines Evangelical or Scriptural???? NOT.
Think again, amigos, when imagining that multiple differing viewpoints about significant doctrines is acceptable in the Evangelical Fellowship of Faith. Is that how the Lord taught his disciples - agree to disagree? Is that how Paul in Romans taught his flock, with the apostolic injunction to tolerate doctrinal diversity in key areas like afterlife, God's attributes of Omniprescience and Omniscience, whether Scripture is wholly inerrant/infallible or only Ltd. inerrancy???? Sounds a lot like speculative theospeak and redefining of terminology to confuse the weakminded.
This book teaches the polar opposite of Paul's warning in Romans 16:17-18:
"I urge you brothers to watch out for those who cause divisions and put obstacles in your way contrary to the teaching you originally learned. Keep away from them. For such purveyors are not serving our Lord Christ, but their own appetites (intellectual speciousness). By smooth talk and flattery they deceive naive minds."
Cafeteria evangelicalism is not evangelical, but contra-Scriptural. Even the devil can quote scripture for his purposes.
Good food for thought for mature Christians Apr 7, 2006
In spite of all the criticism it has received here, I think this book does a good job of presenting the various evangelical positions on the issues it covers. It's a great starting point for anyone wishing to explore or develop their own views on these issues in light of the differing positions taken by other evangelical Christians. Some have criticized the authors for bias toward their own views. But that's to be expected from a book like this. No one is completely unbiased. The intent of the authors is not to have the last word, but to help Christians begin to think through their positions on important theological issues. If you are afraid of having your theology challenged, either don't read the book or don't be afraid. It can be a great learning experience if you approach it with a critical, but open, mind. If you do read the book you should also be willing to do further reading and study on issues that are important to you. Each chapter has good list of further reading at the end for that purpose. Whether or not some of these positions are held by a majority of evangelicals is beside the point. The Bible is used as the authority in defining every position described in this book. That should be enough for any evangelical Christian to give it consideration.
As far as Janine Wigram's comment on and earlier edition this review goes, "Just because some theologaster quotes verses to 'support' the position doesn't legitimize it. How naive and silly to suppose that mere citation of Bible texts sanctions a theological position as Evangelical or Scriptural." This is is true. It's just as true of her quotation of Rom. 16:17-18 and her application of it to the views that oppose hers in this book. As anyone who has read the book can see, Boyd and Eddy do more than just prooftext Scripture. I think they are doing with it what any honest and committed Christian ought to do: Study it carefully to see what it really teaches us. For those of us who admit that our interpretation of the Bible may not be on par with the Apostle Paul, this book is a good place to start (not the last word, by any means).
Comprehensive Library of "3 Views" Cliff Notes Oct 8, 2005
This great resource reads kind of like a collection of cliff notes on those "3 Views" and "4 Views" books I'm always thinking about reading but never get around to. Boyd and Eddy do a fantastic job of appropriately representing the various positions on a number of confusing topics. With only two exceptions (The Threefold Self and the Cessationist View on the Gifts) I found myself either agreeing or saying "Wow, I guess I see how someone with a high view of scripture can actually believe that." Oh, and there is an on-line appendix that covers another 12 topics.
I agree with some of the reviewers that a couple of the positions (e.g. the openness of God) I would not include in self designated evangelical discussion. However, in the author's defense, there are individuals and movements that would like to both call themselves evangelicals and hold these positions, so they are worth being informed about.
The text focuses on the biblical data with lesser space devoted to philosophical arguments and appeals to church history. This is not a devotional text (look elsewhere for that). However, on the whole it is a worthwhile and accessible 263 pages that will help a reader defend their position, understand the diversity in their movement and give a hearing to the vast reservoir of Biblical data.
don't read this if you can't handle multiple sides of complex topics Jul 15, 2005
I came on-line today, looking to purchase 50 copies of this book. We use it as a supplement in the second year of the discipleship program we run at our church (based on a 21-month curriculum I co-wrote). I couldn't believe that the reviews are only averaging 1.5 stars-- and had to write a review (my first). A low rating for this book is patently absurd. This book is AWESOME for looking at the two or more "sides" of various topics within the pale of Christian orthodoxy. If you're looking for an objective account of how "good people have disagreed"-- now and in the past, then you've come across an unmatched resource. If you insist on dogmatically holding to a single view on these complex topics, this book will frustrate you. Unfortunately, that is a reflection of your legalism/dogmatism, not an underlying flaw in the book.