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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Baker Academic (December 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0801039363
  • ISBN-13: 978-0801039362
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 0.6 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #81,015 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Four Views on Spiritual Warfare

"This illuminating book helps readers sort through the plethora of approaches to spiritual warfare. Positions exist in addition to the four explored here, but the range offered is informative and will help the reader sort through why he or she agrees or disagrees on various points. Anyone who wants to understand and hear the case for various positions should start here."
--Craig Keener, Asbury Theological Seminary

"Spiritual warfare--shouldn't all Christians be engaged in it? And if it is indeed warfare, doesn't that mean there's a lot at stake? Or are some versions of spiritual warfare a paganization of the Christian gospel? There are many 'four views' books on the market, but this one on spiritual warfare is one of the few that ably addresses important issues of global Christian theological and practical concern. No seminary education is complete without it."
--Amos Yong, Regent University School of Divinity

"This is a four-views book at its best, a satisfying engagement between the advocates of four very different approaches to spiritual warfare. Each of the representatives has been influential in a particular segment of Christianity, and here is the chance to see them in a respectful-but-sharp dialogue about the key texts and the critical issues."
--Clinton E. Arnold, Talbot School of Theology, Biola University

"Finally we have a theological, biblical, and multidisciplinary assessment of spiritual warfare, a topic which continues to divide and inspire many Christians. Here is a resource that helps put the dominant hermeneutical and spiritual orientations in perspective. The choice of topic and contributors is bold and innovative and the editors' introduction is brilliant. Talk about a dynamic dialogue! Highly recommended."
--Veli-Matti Kärkkäinen, Fuller Theological Seminary; University of Helsinki, Finland

"A topic as controversial and divisive as spiritual warfare has long needed a volume like this. Whether or not one wholly embraces any one of the four views presented here (I don't), hardly a text is left unexamined or a question unanswered. The church cannot afford to live in ignorance of such a vital subject, and this excellent treatment goes a long way in bringing us the knowledge we need."
--Sam Storms, Bridgeway Church, Oklahoma City

About the Author

James K. Beilby (PhD, Marquette University) is professor of systematic and philosophical theology at Bethel University in St. Paul, Minnesota. Paul Rhodes Eddy (PhD, Marquette University) is professor of biblical and theological studies, also at Bethel. Together they have coedited four successful multi-view volumes, and each has authored or edited a number of other books.

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The variety of opinions and interpretations is very illuminating.
Moten Swing
Finally, Peter C. Wagner and Rebecca Greenwood helms the view of "Strategic Level Deliverance" where spiritual warfare is of a territorial and cosmic dimension.
Dr Conrade Yap
One of the best books I have read on the topic of Spiritual Warfare.
Alison Hayes

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The term spiritual warfare is not a biblical term, but it captures a biblical theme. "[O]ur struggle is not against flesh and blood," Paul writes in Ephesians 6:12, "but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms." The nature of those "powers" and, hence, of the "struggle" against them is the topic of Understanding Spiritual Warfare, which presents a debate among four "models" of spiritual warfare by leading advocates of each.

The book opens with an "Introduction" by editors James K. Beilby and Paul Rhodes Eddy. It analyzes the three issues that underlie the debate about spiritual warfare: "(1) the moral objection to `spiritual warfare' language; (2) the existence and nature of spirit beings, with a focus on Satan and the demonic; and (3) Christian perspectives on theology and practice of spiritual warfare itself" (2). The introduction is well-researched and judicious in its conclusions--an excellent contribution in its own right.

The Book of Common Prayer includes a request that God deliver his people from "all the deceits of the world, the flesh, and the devil." Beilby and Eddy argue that this "triumvirate" helps explain the primary focus of each of the four models, with Walter Wink, Gareth Higgins, and Michael Hardin emphasizing the world, David Powlison emphasizing the flesh, and Gregory Boyd, C. Peter Wagner, and Rebecca Greenwood emphasizing deliverance form the devil, though at different levels.

Walter Wink, whose remarks have been edited by Gareth Higgins, presents "The World Systems Model" (Chapter 1).
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Dr Conrade Yap on February 15, 2013
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Spiritual warfare means different things to different people. Some underplay its significance, while others hype up its importance. Even scholars and theologians are not able to agree. Instead of trying to pit one another in order to find out who is right or wrong, this book brings together four diverse but important perspectives of spiritual warfare. Walter Wink advocates the "World Systems Model," where if there are institutions and world systems that have been taken over by evil forces and principalities, the Christian is to name them, unmask them, and "engage them." David Powlison promotes the "Classical Model" where spiritual warfare is centered on fighting the flesh. Through Christian disciplines of prayer, evangelism, spiritual growth, one automatically fights the sinful desires of the flesh. The third model is the "Ground-Level Deliverance Model" which is described by Gregory Boyd as the need to deal with personal demons that requires exorcism, but raises the question of whether Christians can be demonized in the first place. Finally, Peter C. Wagner and Rebecca Greenwood helms the view of "Strategic Level Deliverance" where spiritual warfare is of a territorial and cosmic dimension.

There are so many things to learn from in this book. Like iron sharpening iron, these four views are ably argued for and against by the different writers. It highlights issues that bring clarity to the original propositions, adds in important nuances to the understanding of spiritual warfare, and maintains a healthy respect for persons who agree or disagree.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Moten Swing on September 26, 2013
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I'm not a Christian, and I don't believe in devils or demons or suchlike. Nevertheless, I find this an outstanding book.

If you want a sober, careful, well documented source on this subject, this is the book for you. The footnotes are invaluable; anyone interested in following a particular line of reasoning can easily and profitably do so. The variety of opinions and interpretations is very illuminating.

I must say, the chapter by Wagner and Greenwood is totally nuts--but in a fascinating, informative way, just like the rest of the book.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By prw on February 12, 2013
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I value a dialogue where there is mutual respect for one another in the context of seeking understanding. This book provides that kind of learning opportunity in both the written summaries of each position, and the responding critiques. The introduction the editors write is worth the price of the book. Their identification of the current issues and conflicts around an understanding of spiritual warfare is well documented with footnotes.

My travels and work in developing countries cause me to search for answers as to why the hemispheres of our world are so dramatically different. This book speaks to our cultural understanding of spiritual reality, and to our conditioned understanding of how we view life. The editors invite the reader to examine the limitations of their current position and practice. For me, those are the kinds of books that are worth the investment of time and thought.

This book has been provided courtesy of Graf-Martin Communications and Baker Academic in exchange for an honest review.
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