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Christian Spirituality: Five Views of Sanctification Paperback – February 11, 1989
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About the Author
Gerhard O. Forde was professor of theology at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota. He also taught at Luther College in Iowa and St. Olaf College in Minnesota. His many publications include The Law-Gospel Debate, Justification by Faith: A Matter of Life and Death and Where God Meets Man: Luther's Down-to-Earth Approach to the Gospel.
Sinclair B. Ferguson is senior minister at First Presbyterian Church in Columbia, South Carolina, and serves as professor of systematic theology at Westminster Seminary in Dallas, Texas.
Laurence W. Wood is Frank Paul Morris Professor of Systematic Theology at Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky. His books include God and History and Theology as History and Hermeneutics.
Russell P. Spittler is senior professor of New Testament at Fuller Theological Seminary. He has also held the positions of associate dean of the School of Theology and provost and vice president of academic affairs at Fuller. Among his many publications are Perspectives in Neo- Pentecostalism, The Corinthian Correspondence and God the Father.
E. Glenn Hinson, now retired, was professor of church history at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky.
Top Customer Reviews
Unsurprisingly, I found myself resonating with both the Lutheran and Reformed viewpoints. I had already heard excellent things about Forde's chapter on the Lutheran view of sanctification. As I anticipated, his was a grace saturated chapter. He views sanctification as an issue of getting used to our justification and so, in the words of Luther, "to progress is to begin again" or as Jerry Bridges might say, "we need to preach the gospel to ourselves every day. Ferguson was clearly grounded in the Calvinist, reformed tradition. Strong emphases were placed upon the sacraments, the Word, and union with Christ.
The Wesleyan and Pentecostal traditions made much less sense to me, at least in terms of how I understand scripture. Both talk about a strong move toward holiness, which is a good thing, but they seem to be very man centered in their understanding. Further, each speaks about the notion of second blessing or a second filling of the Spirit, for which I see no scriptural support. To me, these viewpoints leave people feeling hopeless.
I need to spend more time contemplating the contemplative tradition.Read more ›
Another feature of the book which makes it all the more interesting are the responses to each of the five essays. After each view is presented, the other four authors provide their compliments as well as their critiques. It also becomes evident as one reads the book, how the Lutheran and Reformed views are very Christ-centered, while the remainder are anthropocentric. None of the essays are flawless, of course. The Lutheran essay is a little too short and doesn't cover enough ground, and the Reformed essay wrongly seeks the motivation for Christian sanctification in the 3rd use of the Law. Yet both nail the essential point of how the Christian life is lived as both saint and sinner (Romans 7).
The Wesleyan author explicitly doubts this Christian truth, which is why he is able to hold to the faulty notion of "Christian perfection", which ends up watering-down the demands of the law. The Contemplative author seeks illumination and love of God in mystic inner meditation, a dangerous practice because it seeks God elsewhere than He has promised to be found--namely in His Word and Sacraments.Read more ›
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Difficult but an eye opener. I had it as an assigned reading book during my course of Spiritual Formation.Published 12 months ago by Rania Grais
This book could've gone a lot deeper in the material and is the first book I ever woke up to find on the floor.Published on February 4, 2014 by H.L.C.
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