Sanctification (New Studies In Dogmatic Theology Series)
The holy has been defined existentially and sociologically, and churches too often allow their expectations regarding holiness to be prompted by existential aspirations or the social mores of the Christian community. Perhaps it is not surprising that many view holiness...
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The holy has been defined existentially and sociologically, and churches too often allow their expectations regarding holiness to be prompted by existential aspirations or the social mores of the Christian community. Perhaps it is not surprising that many view holiness as accidental or expendable, even as a legalistic and conformist posture opposed to the freedom of the gospel. But sanctification is one of the gifts of the gospel of Jesus Christ, so we must think about the way in which he makes his redeemed holy as a grace.
Sanctification, the latest volume in the New Studies in Dogmatics series, patiently defines holiness in theological terms by tending to its connections with core Christian doctrines such as the character of God, the nature of creation, and the covenantal shape of life with God. It then considers the ways in which the gospel of Jesus not only prompt us to holy action but provides holiness as one of its blessings. Finally, it attends to the ways in which the gift of sanctification relates to various human instruments and means, so that we can appreciate its connection to human nature, creaturely responsibility, and the pedagogy of exemplars and of law. Sanctification offers a Christ-centered account of sanctification by viewing the doctrine within its wider canonical and creedal context, hoping to bring its distinctly Christian definition and thoroughly gracious character into greater relief.
New Studies in Dogmatics seeks to retrieve the riches of Christian doctrine for the sake of contemporary theological renewal. Following in the tradition of G. C. Berkouwer's Studies in Dogmatics, this series will provide thoughtful, concise, and readable treatments of major theological topics, expressing the biblical, creedal, and confessional shape of Christian doctrine for a contemporary evangelical audience. The editors and contributors share a common conviction that the way forward in constructive systematic theology lies in building upon the foundations laid in the church's historic understanding of the Word of God as professed in its creeds, councils, and confessions, and by its most trusted teachers.
R. Michael Allen (PhD, Wheaton College) is Kennedy Associate Professor of Systematic Theology and dean of the faculty at Knox Theological Seminary in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. He is the author of several books, including "Karl Barth's Church Dogmatics: An Introduction and Reader", "Reformed Theology", and "The Christ's Faith: A Dogmatic Account". He also serves as book review editor for the" International Journal of Systematic Theology" and is ordained in the Evangelical Presbyterian Church.
Dr. Scott R. Swain (PhD.,Trinity Evangelical Divinity School) is Assistant Professor of Systematic Theology, Reformed Theological Seminary, FL. Before joining the RTS faculty, Scott taught at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, IL and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, TX.
Scott seeks to fuel a passion for evangelical theology ? theology done according to the gospel ? in the classroom and the church. He is the author of God according to the Gospel: Biblical Narrative and the Identity of God in the Theology of Robert W. Jenson, Father, Son, and Spirit: The Trinity and Johns Gospel (co-author with Andreas Kostenberger), and Invitation to Biblical Interpretation (co-author with Andreas Kostenberger and Richard Patterson). -Editorial Review.