Across the Spectrum. Understanding Issues in Evangelical by Gregory A. Boyd

By Gregory A. Boyd

This re-creation of a favored textual content offers an available but finished primer that is helping readers comprehend the breadth of viewpoints on significant concerns in evangelical theology, with chapters utilizing the preferred 3- or four-views publication layout. The authors rigorously study positions taken by means of evangelical students on seventeen seminal matters. They lay out the biblical, theological, and philosophical arguments for every place in point-counterpoint style and talk about attainable objections.

The moment version keeps the invaluable beneficial properties of the 1st edition—end-of-chapter "For additional interpreting" sections and an intensive glossary—and provides an appendix that addresses 13 peripheral matters in modern evangelicalism.

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In these instances, asking the inerrancy question simply isn’t relevant. The truth-telling role of the Bible and the other functions of Scripture support one another. On the one hand, true information without spiritual transformation is dead. On the other hand, radical transformation without true information is rudderless. The informational assertions of the Bible that tell us about God the Father, the work of Christ, and the presence of the Spirit are proper and true! The formational utterances that ignite passionate worship, spiritual growth, inner healing, godly community, and sacrificial service are proper and good.

So, too, a person cannot legitimately argue that the Bible must be inerrant on the grounds that it would cause epistemological difficulties for his or her theology if it were not so. The issue of whether the Bible is inerrant must be settled by an honest investigation into whether the Bible in fact contains any errors. The above investigation suggests that it does. Second, if this objection were valid, it would adversely affect the inerrantist position as much as the infallibilist position, for, in the light of textual criticism, the inerrantist admits that the Bible we possess today contains errors.

The Christian view is distinct from all these views. It affirms that God created the world, that God is omnipotent, and that he is personally and intimately involved in the world as he steers it toward a final destiny. But there have been several conflicting understandings of the extent of God’s control of the world. In the first few centuries of church history, theologians reacted strongly against the prevalent opinion that things happen by fate. As a result, they emphasized human freedom and tended to believe that God did not control everything that happened.

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