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Four Views on the Spectrum of Evangelicalism (Counterpoints: Bible and Theology) Paperback – September 25, 2011
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Andrew David Naselli (PhD, Bob Jones University; PhD, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School) is research manager for D. A. Carson and administrator of the journal Themelios. He has taught New Testament Greek at the undergraduate and graduate levels, and he currently teaches exegesis and theology as adjunct faculty at several seminaries. He is the author of Let Go and Let God? A Survey and Analysis of Keswick Theology.
Collin Hansen (MDiv, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School) is editorial director for the Gospel Coalition. Formerly an associate editor for Christianity Today, he is the author of Young, Restless, Reformed and co-author with John Woodbridge of A God-Sized Vision. He has written for Books & Culture, Tabletalk, Leadership, and Christian History & Biography. He has appeared as a commentator on Fox News, and his work has been featured in Time magazine.
Kevin T. Bauder (DMin, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School; PhD, Dallas Theological Seminary) is past president of and current research professor of systematic and historical theology at Central Baptist Theological Seminary, Minneapolis. He is a general editor of One Bible Only? Examining Exclusive Claims for the King James Bible.
R. Albert Mohler Jr. is president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and the Joseph Emerson Brown Professor of Christian Theology. Considered a leader among American evangelicals by Time and Christianity Today magazines, Dr. Mohler can be heard on The Briefing a daily podcast which analyzes news and events from a Christian Worldview. He also writes a popular commentary on moral, cultural, and theological issues at albertmohler.com. He and his family live in Louisville, Kentucky.
John G. Stackhouse Jr. (PhD, University of Chicago) is the Samuel J. Mikolaski Professor of Religious Studies and Dean of Faculty Development at Crandall University, New Brunswick, Canada.
Roger E. Olson (PhD, Rice University) is professor of theology at George W. Truett Theological Seminary of Baylor University. He is the author of many books, including Questions to All Your Answers: The Journey from Folk Religion to Examined Faith, Reformed and Always Reforming: The Postconservative Approach to Evangelical Theology, and How to Be Evangelical without Being Conservative.
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Top Customer Reviews
A thorough analysis of all the views would be quite difficult to do in a simple book review, but an attempt will be made to summarize each view and note the points of contention that are raised with each writer. As well the reviewer will some offer personal critiques of the arguments of all the writers.Read more ›
The reason this book and the issues are so important is that what is at stake in all of this discussion is the heart of the gospel, and if there is no agreement on the gospel than unity is ultimately a vain pursuit, and the power of the gospel is squelched in isolated enclaves, rather than in a unified front.
In this book the panel of experts specifically focus on three areas in evaluating the spectrum of evangelicalism:
1) They evaluate their views on Christian cooperation with respect to Evangelicals and Catholics in evaluating the Evangelicals and Catholics Together movement led by Charles Colson and the late John Neuhaus, which began in the 1990's. Also, they address the more recent Manhattan Declaration in order to bring more clarity to cooperation among social and theological concerns.Read more ›
As if answering these questions were not controversial enough, throw into the mix the fact that everyone wants to have the answer(s) but not everyone agrees. Thus, within broader evangelicalism there is significant confusion and lack of unity about who is an (e)vangelical and what is (E)vangelicalism. This is a debate, and sometimes war, that has waged for decades and will continue for years to come.
It is a commonly held belief, applied to many arenas, that he who defines the terms wins the debate. Since Evangelicalism is so divided and spread out the question naturally arises, "Who gets to define these two terms/ideas?" Is any one definition correct? Can any definition be wrong? Can anyone be an evangelical? What does it take to be considered unevangelical?
In an effort to present and possibly come to more of a unified consensus on the definition of these terms Andy Naselli and Collin Hansen have edited the new book Four Views on the Spectrum of Evangelicalism. This book brings together the views of four leading voices within Evangelicalism today. The contributors and their respective positions are as follows:
Kevin Bauder - Fundamentalism
Al Mohler - Conservative/Confessional Evangelicalism
John Stackhouse Jr.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The arguments weren't really coherent and the rebuttals seemed more like agreements than differentiations. Overall I was pretty disappointed, but I needed the textbook for class.Published 3 months ago by Mechelle Siegltiz
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It gave me a lot to think about.
I considered myself a Fundamentalist, but my views are best represented by Al Mohler's Confessional... Read more
This book is worth reading for Bauder's defense of mainstream Fundamentalism. It's also helpful to see the doctrinal slippery slope common among neo-evangelicals. Read morePublished 9 months ago by givinmyoppinion2u
A good analysis of the various forms of evangelicalism. I lean toward Bauder's view, but this is a fair presentation of various views.Published 16 months ago by Edward J. Vasicek
Falling on the more conservative side of the spectrum I obviously enjoyed reading the first two perspectives somewhat more than the latter two. Read morePublished 20 months ago by c.b. kitt
I enjoyed this book because it was very informative and opened my eyes to the varied beliefs within evangelicalism. Read morePublished 24 months ago by F. Gant
This was a fascinating read. However, I am not sure it helped me work out what evangelicalism is. There are certainly many shades of the movement, and one has to agree, as one of... Read morePublished on May 17, 2014 by Amazon Customer
Impressive that articulate, representative theologians of four major positions within evangelicalism can agree and disagree so cordially and constructively. Read morePublished on December 25, 2013 by Clubbeaux
Many people use the term evangelical these days. Outside of the church, the word evangelical is used to refer to anyone who is a politically active conservative Christian. Read morePublished on October 16, 2012 by Clint Walker