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Is Jesus the Only Savior? Paperback – July 12, 1994
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Nash attempts to argue in favor of an exclusivist view of salvation mostly by trying to present negative aspects of both the pluralist and inclusivist views. He therefore devotes the first part of the book to critiquing the pluralism of John Hick, and the second part to critiquing the inclusivism of Pinnock and Sanders.
His critique of Hick's pluralism was easily the best part of the book. Nash methodically analyzes the pluralism of John Hick and by the end of the critique, the reader is left with the impression that Hick's pluralism has been thoroughly discredited not only on intellectual grounds, but on emotional ones as well. As in his other writings, one of Nash's analytical strengths is his insistence on quoting from relevant sources at length. Nash dedicates a significant part of the pluralist section on quoting from John Hick and letting Hick's own words be the basis for Nash's analysis. Nash's conclusions about Hick's philosophy and the ramifications thereof become all the more convincing as a result.
In my own view, I cannot say that Nash had the same level of success in analyzing inclusivism in section 2 as he had with demonstrating the falsity of pluralism in section 1. It's not that this section is bad, because it isn't, there is a lot about his analysis that is good, particularly his analysis of PME and how Pinnock's embrace of it totally contradicts the inclusivist worldview that Pinnock also embraces.Read more ›
One other problem I've had with this book is not only does he dismiss important issues with an, "I've already covered that in another book so I'll just assume you've read all my work and move on," he also has a high preponderance to reference himself in support of his ideas.Read more ›
First, Nash takes on the pluralist position which answers the question of Jesus' exclusivity with a resounding "NO!" John Hick is the main proponent of pluralism that Nash deals with in the book. Chapter by chapter, paragraph by paragraph, Nash shows how far Hick is from traditional Christianity and the plain teaching of the Scriptures.
In the book's second half, Nash takes on the inclusivist position which is making inroads into evangelicalism. This position answers the question "Is Jesus the Only Savior" by saying "Yes, but..." Clark Pinnock's version of inclusivism is targeted by Nash's devastating critique of the doctrine.
Is Jesus the Only Savior? may be too scholarly for the average layperson. You will probably not hand this book to someone who asks you questions about the uniqueness of Jesus. However, Nash's argumentation provides you with the resources necessary to help you answer the question yourself.
Another drawback to the book is that it simply does not cover the material thoroughly. Nash writes with the confidence that his arguments are conclusive and unlikely to be refuted by those with any true respect for the Bible. However, especially in the inclusivism study, he does little more than summarize inclusivist views on certain Scriptures and interject his own opinions as to their mediocrity. This is simply inadequate.
Overall, Nash's book might be recommended to those who are already of the exclusivist mindset and want an overview of the opposing perspectives. However, anyone actually struggling with their view should look elsewhere. The lack of depth and the veiled disrespect will likely inspire nothing but disappointment in many readers.
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