Four Views on Salvation in a Pluralistic World - eBook
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Publication Date: 2010
Series: Counterpoints: Bible and Theology
Religious pluralism is the greatest challenge facing Christianity in today's Western culture. The belief that Christ is the only way to God is being challenged, and increasingly Christianity is seen as just one among many valid paths to God.
In Four Views on Salvation in a Pluralistic World, four perspectives are presented by their major proponents:
- Normative Pluralism: All ethical religions lead to God (John Hick)
- Inclusivism: Salvation is universally available, but is established by and leads to Christ (Clark Pinnock)
- Salvation in Christ: Agnosticism regarding those who haven't heard the gospel (Alister McGrath)
- Salvation in Christ Alone: Salvation depends on explicit personal faith in Jesus Christ alone (R. Douglas Geivett and W. Gary Phillips)
This book allows each contributor to not only present the case for his view, but also to critique and respond to the critiques of the other contributors.
The Counterpoints series provides a forum for comparison and critique of different viewsboth Christian and non-Christianon important theological issues.
Stanley N. Gundry is executive vice president and editor-in-chief for the Zondervan Corporation. He has been an influential figure in the Evangelical Theological Society, serving as president of ETS and on its executive committee, and is adjunct professor of Historical Theology at Grand Rapids Theological Seminary. He is the author of seven books and has written many articles appearing in popular and academic periodicals.
Dennis L. Okholm (PhD, Princeton) is professor of theology at Azusa Pacific University.
Until his death in 2000, Phillips (Ph.D., Vanderbilt University) was associate professor of historical and systematic theology at Wheaton College.
David R. Bess3 Stars Out Of 5March 9, 2002David R. BessHaving studied these four views previously, I was disappointed after finishing this particular title. All of these authors could have made their arguments much more concise and readable, but none of them chose to do so.Hick basically states that many different religions lead to the same God. Pinnock holds that salvation in Christ may be found through other religions. McGrath asserts salvation is only found in a relationship with Christ, and persons who have had no chance to enter that relationship might receive God's mercy in some unknown way. Geivett and Phillips maintain salvation is only found in a relationship with Christ, and persons who have had no chance to enter that relationship will spend eternity separated from God.This book could have and should have been written in such a manner to appeal to the average layperson. These individuals are the ones who struggle with these issues and want to be better informed. Instead, all of these essays are directed towards other scholars. The overly-technical manner in which they are written will not appeal to most persons without professional theological training.For pastors and well-versed teachers, this book provides a helpful summary of four current views on salvation. For everyone else, this volume will be confusing and hard to follow.