Manifold Witness: The Plurality of Truth  -     By: John R. Franke
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Manifold Witness: The Plurality of Truth

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Manifold Witness written by Emergent theologian John Franke who describes truth as a reality that the variety of witnesses in the Christian tradition points towards. Far from demonstrating the weakness of the faith, Franke argues, the Manifold Witness of the Christian tradition points towards its truth. Such plurality, Franke believes, saves us from becoming a legalistic and rigidly dogmatic religion, rather than a faith that is expressed beautifully in many ways under the cross of Christ. Written for an audience who has not studied theology, Franke believes this message to be essential for believers to be able to respect, engage, and fellowship with one another.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 176
Vendor: Abingdon Press
Publication Date: 2008
Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 (inches)
ISBN: 0687491959
ISBN-13: 9780687491957
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Series: Living Theology

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A provocative, yet thoughtful argument that orthodox and biblical Christian faith is inherently diverse

Matthew Miller

In recent years there has been much discussion concerning the nature of the church and the nature of the Gospel we as Christians believe. In this book John Franke steers the direction of the conversation directly towards our philosophical understanding of the nature of truth and how we understand it theologically in the Christian tradition. The Result? A significant reformulation of our understanding of truth from a static singularity at the human level, to rearticulated dynamic reality.

Yet, this applies only to the human side. Truth remains, for Franke, from god's perspective as transcendent, exhaustive, and absolute. Therefore, the problem, he argues is not with truth itself but with human ability to grasp and understand truth fully. Challenging, accessible, lucid and immensely practical, I highly encourage both individuals and groups to engage Franke's work in Manifold Witness.

-Matthew Miller,
Christianbook.com/academicblog

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    Dr. Franke's daring work is not, as some would believe, an attack on Truth or the basic tenets of historic Christian faith. It is rather a call to examine the presuppositions with which one enters biblical studies and theological discourse, and to challenge the reader to consider exploring truth as examining different facets of the same jewel ("Truth"). Differing views yield differing perspectives, perhaps not completely correct but not completely off either. Is Jesus the Son of God and the Way to reconciliation with Him? To Franke, yes. Is [other--insert your favorite form of church polity] the one biblical (true) way ? No. Granted, he could have expressed himself better at times to avoid some misunderstandings, but when listening to him and others at the (conservative, Bible-believing) Evangelical Theological Society annual meeting discuss this book, you then know he not only knows what he is talking about theologically (even if you disagree with him), you recognize what this book is driving at is not "anything goes" Christianity.
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    R. Swanson
    In terms of philosophy, this guy knows what he is talking about. In terms of theology, he is severely lacking. He says that all forms of Chrisitanity are right and that all the different views are right. In other words, Arminians and Calvinists are BOTH right. E. Orthodox, Catholic, and Protestants are all right. So much for the narrow gates and strait path...like Jesus said...I will listen to Jesus
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