Disputatio: Theological Topics of Debate
Who Runs the Church?  4 Views on Church GovernmentWho Runs the Church? 4 Views on Church Government
Paul E. Engle & Steven B. Cowan, eds.
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What does Scripture say about church government? Disagreements over this issue once split denominations---but few 21st-century Christians have a solid understanding of the principles that determine their own church leadership. This illuminating collection presents and critiques four approaches: Episcopalianism, Presbyterianism, Single-Elder Congregationalism, and Plural-Elder Congregationalism. A fair and balanced overview. 320 pages, softcover from Zondervan.
     

Debating Calvinism: Five Points, Two ViewsDebating Calvinism: Five Points, Two Views
Dave Hunt, James White
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A centuries-old belief system is put to the test as two prominent authors examine and debate the subject of Calvinism from opposing viewpoints. James White, author of The Potter's Freedom, takes the Calvinist position. Dave Hunt, author of What Love Is This, opposes him. The exchange is lively and at times intense as these two articulate men wrestle over what the Scriptures tell us about God's sovereignty and man's free will. This thought-provoking, challenging book provides potent responses to the most frequently asked questions about Calvinism.
     


Perspectives on Spirit Baptism: Five ViewsPerspectives on Spirit Baptism: Five Views
Edited by Chad Owen Brand
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Perspectives on Spirit Baptism presents in counterpoint form the basic common beliefs on spirit baptism which have developed over the course of church history with a view toward determining which is most faithful to Scripture. Each chapter is written by a prominent person from within each of the five traditions included. The authors offer specific guidelines dealing with the biblical, historical, and theological issues within each tradition. In addition, each writer will have the opportunity to give a brief response to the other traditions. The contributors include: Ralph Del Colle, H. Ray Dunning, Larry Hart, Stanley Horton, and Walter Kaiser.
     

Why I Am Not an ArminianWhy I Am Not an Arminian
Robert A. Peterson, Michael D. Williams
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What's wrong with Arminianism? Arminian theology is sweeping through the evangelical churches of North America. While most Arminians are good, sincere, orthodox Christians, authors Roberts A. Peterson and Michael D. Williams contend that aspects of Arminian thought are troubling both biblically and theologically. In particular, they argue, Arminians have too lofty a view of human nature and an inadequate understanding of God's sovereign love in Christ. This book explores the biblical, theological and historical background to the Calvinist-Arminian debate. The irenic nature and keen insight of this book will be appreciated by laypeople, pastors and scholars alike.
     

Why I Am Not a CalvinistWhy I Am Not a Calvinist
Jerry L. Walls, Joseph R. Dongell
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What's wrong with Calvinism? Since colonial days, Calvinism has dominated evangelical thought in America. It has been so well established that many Christians simply assumed it to be the truest expression of Christian doctrine. But Calvinism has some serious biblical and theological weaknesses that unsettle laypeople, pastors, and scholars alike. God is sovereign. All evangelical Christians--whether Arminians or Calvinists--have no doubt about this fundamental truth. But how does God express his sovereignty? Is God a master puppeteer, pulling our strings? Or has he graciously given his children freedom to respond to his love? In this eminently readable book, Jerry L. Walls and Joseph R. Dongell explore the flaws of Calvinist theology. This book is a must-read for all who struggle.
     


Four Views of Salvation in a Pluralistic WorldFour Views of Salvation in a Pluralistic World
John Hick, Clark H. Pinnock, Alister E. McGrath
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This book presents four perspectives on salvation by their major proponents. Each contributor not only presents the case for his view, but is also given the opportunity to critique and respond to the critiques of the other contributors. The four perspectives are Normative Pluralism: All ethical religions lead to God, by John Hick. Inclusivism: Salvation is unversally available, but is established by and leads to Christ, by Clark Pinnock. Salvation in Christ: Agnosticism regarding those who haven't heard the Gospel, by Alister McGrath. Salvation in Christ alone: by R Douglas Geivett and W Gary Phillips. The COUNTERPOINTS series provides a forum for comparison and critique of different views - both Christian and non-Christian - on important theological issues.
     

Four Views on HellFour Views on Hell
John F. Walvoord, Zachary J. Hayes, Clark H. Pinnock
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Is hell literally a place of eternal smoke and flames? Does God annihilate wicked souls rather than punish them endlessly? Ideal for comparing and contrasting, this forum evenhandedly presents, critiques, and defends the literal, metaphorical, conditional, and purgatorial views on hell. Contributors include John Walvoord, William Crockett, Zachary Hayes, and Clark Pinnock. 190 pages, softcover from Zondervan.
     

Science and Christianity: Four ViewsScience and Christianity: Four Views
Richard F. Carlson, ed.
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The relationship between the natural sciences and Christianity has a long and varied history. In this history, science and Christianity have been bedfellows, enemies, and mutually exclusive aspects of human existence. Which of these is the proper relationship though? Can a Christian be faithful to Scripture and still accept the tenets of modern science? Are Christians and scientists truly siblings, both seeking the same truth, or are they enemies, with their own versions of truth? If you are asking these questions, this book can help. Editor Richard F. Carlson has compiled essays on what he sees as the four viable Christian views of the relationship between Christianity and science, with the hope of helping people to secure their own beliefs about this fascinating relationship.

The four views exposited in this book are: 1) creationism (adhering to biblical inerrancy and seeking "effective" science), written by Wayne Frair and Gary D. Patterson; 2) independence (mutually exclusive endeavors), written by Jean Pond; 3) qualified agreement (emphasizing intelligent design), written by Stephen C. Mayer; and 4) partnership (Christianity and science as theoretical partners), written by Howard J. Van Till. Each contributor is either a practicing scientist, or a philosopher of science, and their understanding of the underlying scientific issues is truly impressive. Each view is presented, and then the proponents of the other views are given a chance to respond, resulting in a stimulating and lively debate/conversation.
     



Divine Foreknowledge: Four ViewsDivine Foreknowledge: Four Views
William Lane Craig, Paul Helm, Gregory A. Boyd, David Hunt
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Divine Foreknowledge: Four Views provides a unique venue for well-known proponents of four distinct views in the openness of God debate to present their case. Paul Helm of King's College, London, presents the Augustinian/Calvinistic view. David Hunt of Whittier College contends for a simple foreknowledge view. William Lane Craig of Talbot School of Theology argues for middle knowledge, or Molinism, and Gregory A. Boyd of Bethel College presents the openness view.
     

Women in Ministry: Four ViewsWomen in Ministry: Four Views
Bonnidell Clouse & Robert G. Clouse, eds.
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May women teach or exercise authority over men? Should they be ordained? Questions like these rage in the debate over women in ministry. Four committed evangelicals, Robert Culver, Susan Foh, Alvera Mickelsen, and Walter Liefeld, explain their positions and respond to the others, making for a lively exchange of ideas. Paper from InterVarsity.
     

 
Two Views on Women in Ministry, RevisedTwo Views on Women in Ministry, Revised
James R. Beck, ed.
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What does the Bible say about the role of women in the church? With pros and cons on either side of a heated, ongoing debate, no definitive conclusions have emerged. The purpose of this book is to furnish concerned readers with a clear and thorough presentation of the two primary views on women in the ministry so they can better understand each one's strengths, weaknesses, and complexities.

Each view is represented by two contributors followed by a brief question-and-answer section. The general editor adds a commentary at the conclusion of both the egalitarian (equal ministry opportunity for both genders) and complimentarian (ministry roles differentiated by gender) views.
     

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