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A Wideness in God's Mercy: The Finality Of Jesus Christ In A World Of Religions Paperback – March 31, 1992
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Here is a ground-breaking book that suggests some new possibilities of interpretation around the challenge of religious pluralism. The subject of the book is the finality of Jesus Christ in a world of different religions. Pinnock explains succinctly the factors that have made religious pluralism a major challenge for Christian theology. Then he places the issue in the history of doctrine leading up to the present day. Five chapters follow this introductory material and cover the field very systematically: The first chapter deals with God's global reach in salvation and shows that God is concerned for all people in all nations; chapter two highlights the Christology through which God is known to be the God of grace; the third chapter shows how the Bible views other religions as they presently exist and how we can understand them; chapter four deals with religions as non-static entities and the object of divine power bringing in the kingdom; and the fifth chapter discusses eschatology, or how it is possible to understand salvation in generous and large terms. A Wideness in God's Mercy is one of the very few books to present a strong proposal on the issue of religious pluralism while maintaining a rock-solid evangelical stance. It will no doubt launch a decade of discussion on a higher level among Christians.
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Clark H. Pinnockwas professor of theology at McMaster Divinity College.
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Unfortunately, the book is not as well written as one may like. It is redundant in that he makes the same arguments, explanations of the same Bible passages, and even the same quotations from other writers in different places in his book. It could have said what he said more briefly and could have been more effective in it.
I heartedly commend this book because it will prepare its readers to think critically about what he believes and why. This is, in my opinion, just the tip of the iceberg that is drifting down into the path of the theological titanic. Expect the same results from this collision as the last time.
He wrote in the Introduction to this 1992 book that "my proposal is exclusivist in affirming a decisive redemption in Jesus Christ, although it does not deny the possible salvation of non-Christian people... (and) acknowledges God's gracious work in the lives of human beings everywhere and accepts real differences in what they believe."
One of his intentions in the book is to refute the "fewness doctrine" (e.g., as exemplified by Cavinist G.T. Shedd's The Doctrine of Endless Punishment), and "to replace it with an optimism of salvation based in Scripture." (Pg. 17) He considers the fewness doctrine as a heresy of orthodoxy, "more than religious liberalism." (Pg. 44)
He cites examples of "pagans" such as the Queen of Sheba (Mt. 12:42) and the Magi (Mt. 2:1-12) as showing the "possibility of pagan saints in the wider world." (Pg. 27) He later suggests that Christians take Job and Jethro not as "rare exceptions," but as a sign of hope in the larger context of a "hermeneutic of hopefulness." (Pg. 99)
This book will be of interest to Christians studying the complex issue of, "Those who have never heard."
Pinnock deals with many of the questions raised by Rob Bell's much more recent and unsatisfying book, Love Wins: A Book About Heaven, Hell, and the Fate of Every Person Who Ever Lived with solid biblical, theological and historical argument. Unfortunately, Pinnock's book seems to have has much less influence that it deserves in the 20 years since it was written. Serious consideration of what this book has to say would help many Christians avoid needless, unproductive controversy, divisiveness, and misunderstanding and help them embrace the more hopeful and optimistic possibilities of the kingdom of God. I wish I had read it 20 years ago.
What I especially liked was how Pinnock rightly separates pluralism, relativism, and optimism. The reader senses that Pinnock's views were still in the process of formation even as he wrote this book. But for me, that made it more interesting as I felt I was traveling with a companion who was wiser and more informed than me.
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