- Paperback: 278 pages
- Publisher: Baker Pub Group (February 1996)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0801020654
- ISBN-13: 978-0801020650
- Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,372,818 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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How Shall They Be Saved?: The Destiny of Those Who Do Not Hear of Jesus Paperback – February, 1996
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He discusses general "schools" of thought on this in the traditions of Christina theology and practice. He then evaluates the positive aspects and strengths of each position, then likewise the negative or weak aspects. He deals with some difficult questions that are often ignored, especially in popular theology and common preaching, but even in formal theologies. One strength of this work is the detailed consideration of major contributions on this topic in the last 25 years.
But Erickson also reviews current Christian thinkers like Pinnock and Sanders, and the previous generation, such as Rahner, as well as masters throughout history. He covers both Catholic and Protestant thinkers, and reflects of various historical councils (of the Western church), including changes in perspectives from Vatican II and later. He reviews in detail every passage from the Old and New Testament that he can find that relates to this question.
In the process he debunks many popular ideas that supposedly are based on some of these passages. I was impressed, and frankly surprised, at the objectivity and care he takes to honestly say what he feels can be drawn from each biblical passage.Read more ›