Reclaiming the Center
A team of well-known theologians and scholars examine the theological, philosophical, and historiographic assumptions of postconservative evangelicalism. Arguing that postconservatism is an innovative accommodation to postmodernism, they nonetheless conclude that there is a biblical response. Reclaiming the Center is a...
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A team of well-known theologians and scholars examine the theological, philosophical, and historiographic assumptions of postconservative evangelicalism. Arguing that postconservatism is an innovative accommodation to postmodernism, they nonetheless conclude that there is a biblical response. Reclaiming the Center is a valuable addition to anyone studying where contemporary evangelicalism stands, and is also a guide for how to move forward with wisdom and discernment-not succumbing to the spirit of this age.
"When evangelicals confuse an improper passion for novelty with a proper pursuit of academic and pastoral relevance, the results can be distressing. I cannot express how grateful I am for the well-formed wisdom with which this book points to the abiding and decisive relevance for future route-finding of the old theological paths." --J. I. Packer, Professor, Regent College ^"For those evangelicals who--like myself--are increasingly troubled by extravagant claims made by various evangelical scholars about the nature of the 'postmodern' challenge, as well as by earnest calls to develop new epistemological and theological perspectives in response to this challenge, the writers of these essays shed much light. This book is must-reading for everyone who wants to promote a clear-thinking evangelicalism for our contemporary context." --Richard J. Mouw, President and Professor of Christian Philosophy, Fuller Seminary ^"Here is a collection of intelligent, provocative, gutsy essays that dar
If you were to ask your friends how to get to Heaven, you would probably receive as many answers as the number of friends you have. Someone would probably suggest that you should keep the Golden Rule; someone else might say that you need to live up to the Ten Commandments; others might advise that you should pray, or give to the church and the poor, or that you should "just do the best you can."But when you are dealing with something as important as eternal life and Heaven, you need more than just the opinions of friends. You need the truth!When we look into the Bible we read, "Jesus said, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.... Ye must be born again" (John 3:3, 7)."Born again?" That may sound strange to you. What does it mean? To explain this, letrs"s look at what the Bible has to say.Godrs"s Word, in the first place, is very realistic. It teaches that no one can gain entrance into Heaven by good works or even religious practices. The Bible reveals our true condition: "There are none righteous, no, not one.... For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God" (Romans 3:10, 23). Our personal experience also teaches us that we all have broken Godrs"s laws and have not even "done the best we can do."The biblical diagnosis for our condition is clear. We, by nature, are described as being "dead in trespasses and sins;" "alienated from the life of God;" as "having not life" (Ephesians 2:1; 4:18). Just as a body without physical life is declared physically dead, so any person separated from the life of God is described in the Bible as spiritually dead.Separated from God, dead in our trespasses and sins, we cannot hope to enter Heaven. We need new lives, cleansed from sin and its penalty. We need to be restored to fellowship with God. We must be born into a new life-we must be born again.Jesus Christ came to bring us this new life. He said, "I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly" (John 10:10). Receiving the life that Jesus can give is what being born again is all about.When we think about Godrs"s love for us, it is really more than we can comprehend. God sent His Son Jesus Christ from the glories of Heaven to enter the human race and pay the penalty for our sins. This is the extent of Godrs"s love for us! "God commendeth His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us" (Romans 5:8).On the cross of Calvary Jesus willingly bore all our sins and suffered the full force of Godrs"s righteous judgment. By His death Jesus provided for our salvation. By His resurrection from the dead, Jesus broke the power of death.Today the risen Lord Jesus offers new life to all who will receive Him as Savior. He promises, "He that heareth My word and believeth on Him that sent Me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation, but is passed from death unto life" (John 5:24).If you will respond to the Son of God by receiving Him as your Savior, you can have everlasting life right now. On the basis of Godrs"s Word you can have assurance that Jesus Christ has totally suffered the penalty of sin for you. And you can be born again into the family of God, knowing that one day you will live forever with your Lord in Heaven."And this is the record, that God has given to us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life" (1 John 5:11-12).Have you been born again?
Taylor is the Director of Theological Resources & Education at Desiring God Ministries.
Millard Erickson (Ph.D., Northwestern University) is Distinguished Professor of Theology at Western Seminary, and the author of the widely acclaimed systematics work Christian Theology along with more than 20 other books. He was professor of theology and academic dean at Bethel Seminary for many years. His most recent book is of some importance Who's Tampering with the Trinity? An Assessment of the Subordination Debate, in the light of recent attempts to place the Son in an eternally subordinate position to the Father.
Paul Kjoss Helseth (Ph.D. Marquette University) is Professor of Christian Thought at Northwestern College in St. Paul, MN. He is the author of 'Right Reason' and the Princeton Mind: An Unorthodox Proposal (Phillipsburg, N.J.: P and R Publishing, 2010), and has co-edited and contributed to Beyond the Bounds (Wheaton: Crossway, 2003) and Reclaiming the Center (Wheaton: Crossway, 2004).