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Challenges to religious liberty are increasingly common today as historical Christianity comes into conflict with a new, secular orthodoxy. In a thoroughly revised second edition of First Freedom: The Beginning and End of Religious Liberty, leading evangelical scholars, Jason Duesing, Thomas White, and Malcolm Yarnell II provide readers with an introductory glimpse at the biblical and historical foundations of religious liberty, as well as at several instances of its contemporary expression and defense. This collection of essays addresses such pressing topics as:
- Religious freedom and the exclusivity of the gospel
- The Christian doctrine of religious liberty
- Religious liberty and the public square
- Religious freedom and the sexual revolution
- Baptist contributions to religious freedom, and much more
The editors of this revised second edition of First Freedom have sought to accumulate a fresh collection of essays from current Baptist authors of note for the purpose of equipping churches, pastors, and Christian citizens to uphold this "first freedom" given by God and defended by Christians throughout our nation's history.
Number of Pages: 208
Vendor: B&H Academic
Publication Date: 2016
|Dimensions: 9 X 6 X .5 (inches)|
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Thomas White is the president of Cedarville University in Cedarville, OH.
Malcolm B. Yarnell III is professor of systematic theology, director of the Center for Theological Research, and director of the Oxford Study Program at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, TX.
Steve Gaines, president, Southern Baptist Convention, and senior pastor, Bellevue Baptist Church
"It is difficult to exaggerate the historical importance of the Baptist witness to religious liberty…The spiritual ancestors of the contributors to the volume would be as proud of them as I am grateful to them for placing their impressive intellectual gifts at the service of our first freedom."
Robert P. George, McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence, Princeton University
"This book is an excellent resource for believers to be informed about religious liberty so they can take their place in helping to defend it both now and for future generations."
Erik W. Stanley, senior counsel and director of the Center for Christian Ministries, Alliance Defending Freedom
lcjohnson1988IndianaAge: 45-54Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5read to learnNovember 14, 2016lcjohnson1988IndianaAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4When I started reading the book I wasnt aware that it focused on religious liberty from a Baptist point of view. I wasnt raised Baptist however there is much I gleaned from the book, so matter your denominational background or practice here is a book which should be in a personal library in homes across America. Now why would I suggest such an investment? There are several reasons for my suggestion.
One, here is a book which clearly and precisely lays out a historical legacy of beliefs for religious freedom here in the states and why. Second, the essays also point out theological reasoning for sharing the gospel in a noncoercive manner. Third, the authors of the essays lay out how contemporary issues are affecting religious freedom in this nation today.
I found myself challenged once again to be able to lay before others the reason for the hope which I have because of Christ. I found statements made which caused me to pause and consider what the essays were putting forth regardless of whether I agreed with everything or not. Once again it reminds us as Christians that it is our duty to share the gospel with others while reminding us that we all have free will. God gave mankind free will and He has never revoked that decision, therefore we shouldnt try to coerce others to believe too. Share the gospel the hope that is within you and then if the person wishes not to listen then stop. When you come across another individual share again and if they desire to listen or discuss beliefs with you then loving show them why you believe what you believe.
In a world where access to information is instantaneous learning takes time, commitment and sacrifice. Personally I love learning, reading and studying. I do have a personal conviction to do so until my last breath. As God leads me to share then that is what I do and I want to do it in a manner which invites discussion, and a yearning to know Jesus. I dont always share it correctly or with grace but I am grateful that the Lord is teaching me how to do so with each new day.
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