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The second edition retains the helpful features of the first edition-end-of-chapter "For Further Reading" sections and an extensive glossary-and adds an appendix that addresses thirteen peripheral issues in contemporary evangelicalism.
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Vendor: Baker Academic
Publication Date: 2002
Across the Spectrum, written by Bethel College theologians Gregory Boyd and Paul Eddy, offers a service to the church by carefully examining the various positions taken by evangelical scholars on eighteen seminal issues--both classic concerns and those of more contemporary interests. Rather than taking sides, however, the authors give readers the resources they need to make up their own minds.
Among the many topics discussed are baptism, the nature of the self, the foreknowledge and providence of God, the interpretation of Genesis 1-2, the destiny of the unevangelized, and the nature of hell.
In the spirit of the popular four-views books, Boyd and Eddy carefully lay out the biblical, theological, and philosophical arguments for each position and then discuss possible objections. Each chapter also includes a bibliography. A helpful appendix touches on nine additional issues.
Across the Spectrum will surely be an indispensable resource for students, professors, pastors, and anyone who wants to make sense of the issues facing today's church.
Praise for the First Edition
Some people think that all evangelicals are alike. Greg Boyd and Paul Eddy have provided students with a brief handbook of current issues in evangelical theology that explodes that stereotype. They have written a helpful and authoritative guide to the wide range of evangelical opinion in theology today. Alan G. Padgett, Luther Seminary
The authors have done a great service by bringing together in one volume an eminently useful summary of the main theological debates within evangelicalism. The chapters provide biblical and theological support for each position and demonstrate how each view answers the principle objections raised against it. The presentations are relevant, up-to-date, and incredibly evenhanded (no view is downplayed or criticized). Professors from all perspectives will find this work extremely helpful for introducing students to the issues in an unbiased manner. Beginners will benefit from the clear writing, glossary, and suggestions for further reading. This is a tremendous educational resource. John Sanders, Huntington College
Christians who want to understand the differences of conviction that exist among evangelical theologians will profit greatly from Boyd and Eddys work. Boyd and Eddy demonstrate a fine knowledge of the major issues that divide evangelicals and offer a concise, evenhanded presentation of the options proposed. The book will enable readers to reach their own biblically informed conclusions on these issues, to understand better why other evangelicals disagree with them, and to identify the central truths that are mutually affirmed. Terry Tiessen, Providence Theological Seminary
Those looking for a text that exemplifies the shades of difference and peculiar accents current in evangelical theology will find this book very useful. . . . Given the target reader as an undergraduate student, the strength of the book lies in its tone and format (debate as argument and rebuttal). . . . [It] exhibit[s] the potential for meaningful classroom engagement. Douglas R. Sharp, Review and Expositor
At a time when some are tempted to mistake the white light of evangelical orthodoxy for a single band in the spectrum, Boyd and Eddy remind us just how colorful evangelical theology can be. The authors do what no book on the market does: In one volume they faithfully present divergent views on the crucial issues that divide evangelicals, and they do so in an unbiased, succinct, and lively manner. This book is perfect as a supplemental text in an introductory theology course or as a manual for church study groups. It will help everyone arrive at his or her own conclusions within the parameters of the evangelical tradition. Dennis Okholm, Azusa Pacific University
Ive been waiting for this book for some time. Due to its brief, nontechnical format, it can be used in a variety of ways in undergraduate theology courses. Although a concise volume, it succinctly outlines multiple arguments, both pro and con, for (incredibly!) over two dozen issues in disputed, largely non-fundamental areas of doctrine. The professor can present positions in favor of particular views or leave the issues open. I just found what I have needed for years. Gary R. Habermas, Liberty University
Across the Spectrum succeeds with distinction in at least two respects. First, it represents a very useful tool for those who wish to begin grappling with different approaches to difficult theological problems. The book will be most helpful to beginning students in evangelical theology, the target audience. Second, the work presents various perspectives in fair and unbiased tones. . . . This well-written book is a helpful tool. If used with care, it will repeatedly reward the reader with its fair and even treatment of different theological views. Nathan D. Holsteen, Bibliotheca Sacra
HungryIndianapolis, INAge: 45-54Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5Across the SpedtrumJanuary 22, 2015HungryIndianapolis, INAge: 45-54Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Outstanding book - Written in a very accessible language, this book does an outstanding job of taking complex or difficult areas of doctrine; presenting the issues and different approaches regarding the various viewpoints surrounding a particular doctrine. This book strikes a good balance for each viewpoint of a doctrine, using ample, suitable, scripture references to show biblical support for each side of an argument. I enjoy that each argument argues for its own viewpoint, however the overall tenor is unbiased towards each topic - allowing the reader to decide for themselves. A must read for both new and seasoned believers, pastors, and small group leaders.
Nathan5 Stars Out Of 5June 13, 2010NathanThe book I was looking for. There are so many different views-I always wanted a book that listed the different views. This is that book. It list View A and the Scripture used to support it, and then list View B and the Scripture they use to support it. It is then up to you to study the scripture, and with Gods guidance decide which view you hold. Excellent!!!