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The Beginnings: Word and Spirit in Conversion Paperback – June 1, 1986
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Paul Helm is a teaching fellow in theology and philosophy at Regent College in Vancouver, British Columbia. From 1993 to 2000 he taught as professor of the history and philosophy of religion at King's College, University of London. He has published numerous books and articles, including Eternal God: A Study of God Without Time (Oxford University Press, 1988), Belief Politics (Cambridge University Press, 1994) and Faith and Understanding (Eerdmans, 1997).
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He then goes on to show that while they must be present to be a true believer, they are EXPERIENCED in varying chronological orders and degrees/extents. He makes the example that for someone having grown up in the Church all their life, they might "feel" that they have always believed and not "experienced" a dramatic contrast of unbelief-->belief in repentance that another would who came to faith later in life. So Paul Helm explains that while all three strands must be present, how we experience them can vary. There is a logical order in the process of conversion, he shows; however, our experience of that process is not what is conclusive of actual conversion. And this experience might possibly change over the times and seasons of our lives.
Great book. Really makes you think about important issues. Thanks for writing it Paul.
Only by grace through faith,