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Turning to God: Reclaiming Christian Conversion as Unique, Necessary, and Supernatural Paperback – April 12, 2012
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Wells provides examples of conversion in Scripture, a biblical theology of conversion, with careful attention to the Greek and Hebrew terms used. He show the difference between what he calls "insider and outsider" conversions, viz. from within a Christian setting/culture, and the contrasting unique hurdles individuals from various major world religions face in embracing teachings in opposition to their dogma and culture. He also devotes a chapter to what he calls "materialistic outsiders", explaining the secular position, which is largely the position of Europe and (to a lesser degree) North America, where people find meaning--not in God--but in self. He provides examples of differing perspectives from church history, particularly regarding whether the individual can contribute anything to his/her salvation. Wells disputes the view that certain types of people tend to convert to religious belief--social/psychological profiling--and the casual conversion or "easy-believism" promulgated by some evangelicals.
I think this is an outstanding, much-needed book for anyone in Christian work. In full disclosure, I am a minister in Dr. Well's denomination (the Conservative Congregational Christian Conference) and occasionally chat with him at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.
David Wells writes in this perceptive book, many helpful points on what conversion is. It was surprisingly to know that this book was originally published in 1989, and has now (rightfully) been republished again. In this day and age, conversion has often been termed as “the sinnner’s prayers” or “inviting Jesus into your heart”. Such terminology is not only unhelpful, but reflects a rather shallow understanding of conversion.
Wells shows the readers what conversion is first, he defines it as unique, necessary and supernatural. It is supernatural because only God can convert someone, it is unique because conversion denotes not just a mere change in behaviour, but in allegiances, it is necessary because there has been and will never be anyone who’s born a christian. Next, Wells shows from the bible says about conversion. I found the introduction and the first chapter the best part of the book and would certainly be well worth the money for these two sections.
Next, Wells moves on to talk about insiders and outsiders. In the first chapter, Wells shows how within the bible itself, two types of people are converted, those who are more familiar with the bible (Old Testament teaching), the insiders, and those who are not (outsiders). This then forms the basis of how conversion would look like in each of these two groups.
This two sections would take up most of the book. What is very helpful is that Wells provokes the reader to think about what conversion means in each of the groups. Far too often conversion is a blanket term for anyone who’s coming to be a disciple of Jesus.Read more ›
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Excellent service. Book arrived in timely fashion and was exactly as described. Very pleased.Published 5 months ago by Kathy H.
In light of today's careless attitude toward commitment to the Lord, repentance and salvation, this is a needed discussion.Published 13 months ago by doris m. tamblyn