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Anthony Shuler3 Stars Out Of 5AverageAugust 1, 2011Anthony ShulerQuality: 3Value: 3Meets Expectations: 3This is a book on hermeneutics. Each author defines, defends and applies his view in this book. I love books like this. Still, this one was kind of boring. The four views are really not distinct enough to dedicate a whole book to the debate. There is some good information but a little tedious feeling.
Wesley Vander Lugt5 Stars Out Of 5November 17, 2009Wesley Vander LugtIf you are interested in the question of how the Bible relates to your life as a Christian, then Four Views on Moving Beyond the Bible to Theology is a book for you. First off, this book probably should have been titled Moving Beyond the Bible to Ethics, since the authors deal almost entirely with ethical matters, including euthanasia, women in ministry, homosexuality, abortion, stem-cell research, slavery, weddings, gambling, architecture, transexuality, war ethics, and corporal punishment. So if the relationship between the Bible and theology sounds boring, dont worry! This book deals with where the rubber meets the road: daily Christian living. This book shows that the Bible is really relevant to the practical issues of our lives, even if there is debate about how it is relevant.Reading this book will help you to become a better reader and doer of Scripture, more self-aware and methodical regarding how to move from the text to applying it in your own context. At times, the explanation of each view becomes a bit obtuse, but the response from each scholar help to sort through the obvious questions, and will help you to formulate your own opinions on each view. You will also benefit greatly from the reflections by Gary Meadors, Mark Strauss, Al Wolters, and Christopher Wright, all of whom add great perspectives to guide you in processing this important material.Of course, the book does not deal with every possible view of moving beyond the Bible to theology and ethics, which explains why other important elements such as character formation, interpretation and application within community, and the role of the Holy Spirit are touched on at points, but not emphasized enough. Regardless of its weaknesses, however, Four Views on Moving Beyond the Bible to Theology is an important book regarding one of the biggest questions with which Christians should be wrestling: how does the Bible relate to our lives today?
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