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There is no doubting the legacy of Protestant Reformers and their successors. Luther, Calvin, and Wesley not only spawned specific denominational traditions, but their writings have been instrumental in forging a broadly embraced evangelical theology as well. In this revised and expanded edition of The Problem with Evangelical Theology, Ben Witherington wrestles with some of the big ideas of these major traditional theological systems (sin, God's sovereignty, prophecy, grace, and the Holy Spirit), asking tough questions about their biblical foundations. Advocating a return to Protestantism's sola scriptura roots, Witherington argues that evangelicalism sometimes wrongly assumes a biblical warrant for some of its more popular beliefs.
Witherington pushes the reader to engage the larger story and plot of the Bible in order to understand the crucial theological elements of Protestant belief. The Problem with Evangelical Theology casts today's evangelical belief and practice—be it Calvinistic, Wesleyan, Dispensational, or Pentecostal—in the light of its scriptural origins. Witherington offers a comprehensive description of evangelical theology while concurrently providing an insistent corrective to its departures from both tradition and text.
Number of Pages: 332
Vendor: Baylor University Press
Publication Date: 2015
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Recovering Classic Evangelicalism: Applying the Wisdom and Vision of Carl F. H. HenryGregory Alan ThornburyCrossway / 2013 / Trade Paperback$3.49 Retail:Video
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This volume has given me a renewed appreciation for our Restoration Plea and its great hermeneutical and ecclesiastical potential. And it has chastened me not only to champion the authority of Scripture alone but continually to allow that holy book to reform my theology.
—Robert C. Kurka, Professor of Bible and Theology, Lincoln Christian College and Seminary, Stone Campbell Review
"Ben Witherington reminds us that being Reformed is a continual process. He calls Evangelical Christians to a fresh look at their claim to take Scripture seriously. Few scholars are better placed to do so. Witherington is authoritative and writes here with his usual compelling style."
—Trevor Hart, Principal of St Mary's College and Head of the School of Divinity, University of St Andrews, reviewing a previous edition or volume
"Evangelicals of all stripes need to take account of Witherington's contentions here—to make us exegetically honest and theologically responsible. He takes on the three streams of evangelicalism: Reformed, Wesleyan, and Dispensationalist views to examine their exegetical foundations and theological structures. The result is critique, but also a call for biblical orthodoxy and proclamation of biblical truth in postmodern society. His perspectives should gain a wide hearing."
—Donald K. McKim, Editor, Encyclopedia of the Reformed Faith, reviewing a previous edition or volume