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Called by Triune Grace: Divine Rhetoric and the Effectual Call
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Christians recognize and confess that God calls his people to salvation. Within the Reformed tradition in particular, Christians believe this call to be an effectual calling, meaning that God sovereignly brings about salvation apart from human works. But in what sense does God actually call us? Does a doctrine of effectual calling turn people into machines that lack any personal agency?
In Called By Triune Grace Jonathan Hoglund provides a constructive treatment of effectual calling that respects both the Reformed tradition and non-Reformed critiques, while subjecting the doctrine to a fresh reading of Scripture with special attention given to the letters of Paul. Through careful and thorough research, Hoglund interprets divine calling to salvation as an act of triune rhetoric, in which Father, Son, and Holy Spirit work in a personal way to communicate new life. By bringing together theological exegesis, rhetorical theory, dogmatic reflection, and historical inquiry, Called By Triune Grace proves to be a feast—not only for the mind, but also for the spirit.
Number of Pages: 288
Vendor: IVP Academic
Publication Date: 2016
|Dimensions: 9 X 6 (inches)|
Series: Studies in Christian Doctrine and Scripture
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"Jonathan Hoglund's account of the effectual call is deeply engaged with Scripture, respectful of various theological traditions, and sensitive to the doctrine's complexities. The treatment of the effectual call's content is particularly insightful. This book calls each of us to hear again the Word of the triune God, by the Spirit, that Jesus is our saving Lord."
—Daniel J. Treier, Blanchard Professor of Theology, Wheaton College Graduate School
"Here are the new ground rules for how to think well about God's effectual call. The deep structure of conversion may remain a holy mystery, but this book rescues it from being a theological muddle or the source of needless conflict. Hoglund's approach to the triune God's rhetoric of salvation is exegetically clarifying, ecumenically helpful, and evangelistically useful. This is a deeply persuasive book about the deepest kind of persuasion."
—Fred Sanders, Torrey Honors Institute, Biola University
"Hoglund's work on the divine call is an elegant and richly informed study of the doctrine. He mines biblical exegesis, historical theology, and systematics in this profound work. At the same time, he construes God's call in terms of divine rhetoric. Hoglund's work represents an excellent example of theological interpretation that marries biblical exegesis and systematic reflection."
—Thomas R. Schreiner, James Buchanan Harrison Professor of New Testament Interpretation, associate dean, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, Kentucky
"How does God work on human hearts to convert what is initially darkened, hard, and implacably resistant to the truth of the gospel into something that rejoices in and welcomes it? If being born again is less an impersonal causal effect than an effectual personal call, how are we to understand the latter? Hoglund here provides what is to date the best response to these important and longstanding questions, making fresh proposals about the agent and content of the call as well as its peculiar efficacy. I especially appreciated the combination of serious exegetical analysis coupled with rigorous dogmatic reflection. This is theological interpretation of Scripture at its best."
—Kevin J. Vanhoozer, research professor of systematic theology, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School