Item description for Grace, Faith & Holiness: A Wesleyan Systematic Theology by H. Ray Dunning...
Overview Theology is the attempt to provide a rational formulation of our Christian beliefs. Unfortunately, many sincere Christians feel that it is a luxury that we can easily do without. However, far from being a luxury, theology is an unavoidable task from which no one, clergy or lay is exempt.
Publishers Description A treatise on traditional Wesleyan theology in the light of the current theological milieu. He examines the doctrines of God, humankind, salvation, and sanctification. He also examines the sources of theology as well as the nature and scope of the theological task. Cloth.
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Studio: Beacon Hill Press of Kansas City
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.85" Width: 6.04" Height: 1.78" Weight: 2.1 lbs.
Release Date Jun 1, 1988
Publisher Beacon Hill Press of Kansas City
ISBN 0834112191 ISBN13 9780834112193
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More About H. Ray Dunning
Professor Emeritus of theology, Trevecca Nazarene University. Past President of the Wesleyan Theological Society and recipient of its lifetime achievement award. He has authored or edited more than a dozen books. Presently serving as theologian in residence at the Trevecca Community Church, Nashville, TN.
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preacherwdm Mar 28, 2008
I purchased this book to use in a class and have found it to be an excellant source of information on living a holiness life style.
Wesleyan? Or Neo-Orthodox? Jul 31, 2005
While Dunning addresses many things in context with contemporary themes, he defers to Neo-Orthodox and liberal theologians outside of the Wesleyan tradition far too much, and therefore, fails to speak for the Wesleyan consensus. He is weak on the atonement; in this, he follows in the footsteps of Wiley by explaining away all aspects and theories of the atonement without ever attempting to formulate an acceptable view for the reader. The atonement is not an issue in which we can look it squarely in the eye, and move on! While the style may satisfy a postmodern generation that is comfortable with not having consistency and absolutes, I believe that the older theologians of Wesleyanism are far more reliable witnesses to the thought and doctrine of this historic theology. I would recommend the reader to seek out Systematic Theology by John Miley, or Fundamental Christian Theology by A.M. Hills if they wish to have better clarity on the Wesleyan-Arminian position. For a fine contemporary substitute that more accurately represents a full spectrum of the Wesleyan-Arminian position, I recommend A Contemporary Wesleyan Theology by Charles Carter.
Extremely Important Text Sep 24, 2004
This is an extremely important text--particularly as the ONLY Wesleyan Systematic Theology at the time it was written. I give this book two stars instead of five because of the following:
In the forward is written that Dunning was approved and commissioned to write a definitive systematic theology for the Church of the Nazarene that "is aware of, and dialogues with, contemporary thought theologically, philosophically, psychologically, and culturally." These are lofty goals which simply cannot be satisfied in a single book. Furthermore, Dunning fails to engage Wesleyan-Holiness theology in a philosophical, psychological and cultural fashion. Instead, Dunning uses tests from Luther and Augustine, for example, to lay groundwork for EARLY twentieth-century theology.
Very rarely does Dunning engage with political or ethical deliberations that the Holiness movement addresses. I posit Dunning avoided engaging with liberal theologies and ethical challenges in order to create a "timeless masterpiece." The book is austere, for sure. But where are the Behavioral and Neuroscientific Psychologies that characterize the 1980's, the decade in which this book is published? Where is dialogue with Western culture? With Eastern culture? Instead, the result is a Nazarene theology which consults other texts of Nazarene theology as dialogue partners. This is not systematic or constructive theological work but rather reflects a desire for an insular institution among some Nazarenes, namely the author. This book is a good starting point but fails to meet its objectives. The consequences to the institution for which this theology is written are far-reaching.
Life-changing Sep 20, 2004
Dunning's Grace, Faith and Holiness is the best serious systematic theology from the Wesleyan tradition that I've ever read. The book absolutely re-orients your whole perspective about God, His work in, with and through his creation, and the church. I've shared this book with other pastors - from Lutheran to Methodist to Pentecostal - and they've each reported that Dunning stretched them into thinking through their own theologies in new ways. This is really a great work.
Challenging and enlightening..a must for Wesleyans Jul 27, 1999
Dunning's book seeks to share the depth of Wesleyan faith in a fresh, new rendering. The book is complete enough for seminary study in Systematic Theology but is not beyond the grasp of interested and devoted lay theologians of all backgrounds. This discourse will cause you think, scratch your head and dig in deeper.