The nature of Christian spirituality has been debated throughout church history. What distinguishes different positions? Why is the discussion important? Offering and responding to various viewpoints, five scholars---Gerhard Ford (Lutheran), Sinclair Ferguson (Reformed), Laurence Wood (Wesleyan), Russell Spittler (Pentecostal), and E. Glenn Hinson (Contemplative)---provide a stimulating introduction to a key Christian doctrine. 204 pages, softcover from InterVarsity.
How can we grow closer to God? Is there a secret to spriritual life? Do we need a second blessing? Is sanctification God's work or ours? Is it instantaneous or is it a process? The nature of Christian spirituality has been widely debated throughout the history of the church. The doctrine of sanctification was one of the main fissures separating Luther from the Catholic Church. Even today different groups of Protestants disagree on how we draw closer to God. What distinguishes the different poisitions and what exactly is at stake in these recurring debates? To answer these questions Donald L. Alexander, professor of biblical theology at Bethel College, has brought together five scholars that represent each of the main historical Protestant traditions:
- Gerhard O. Forde on the Lutheran vew
- Sinclair B. Ferguson on the Reformed view
- Laurence W. Wood on the Wesleyan view
- Russell P. Spittler on the Pentecostal view
- E. Glenn Hinson on the Contemplative view
With an introduction by Alexander and responses to each of the main essays by the other contributors, this book provides a helpful and stimulating introduction to an important doctrine of the church.
Donald Alexander (Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara) is emeritus professor of Biblical Studies at Bethel University, St. Paul, MN. He served for ten years as a missionary at the Alliance Bible Seminary, Hong Kong, China. He is the author of .
Gerhard O. Forde was professor of theology at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota. He also taught at Luther College in Iowa and St. Olaf College in Minnesota. His many publications include and
Sinclair B. Ferguson is senior minister at First Presbyterian Church in Columbia, South Carolina, and serves as professor of systematic theology at Westminster Seminary in Dallas, Texas.
Laurence W. Wood is Frank Paul Morris Professor of Systematic Theology at Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky. His books include and
Russell P. Spittler is senior professor of New Testament at Fuller Theological Seminary. He has also held the positions of associate dean of the School of Theology and provost and vice president of academic affairs at Fuller. Among his many publications are and
E. Glenn Hinson, now retired, was professor of church history at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky.