The Problem With Evangelical Theology: Testing the Exegetical Foundations of Calvinism, Dispensationalism, Wesleyanism, and Pentecostalism (2nd Edition)
: There is no doubting the legacy of Protestant Reformers and their successors. Luther, Calvin, and Wesley not only spawned specific denominational traditions, but their writings have been instrumental in forging a broadly embraced evangelical theology as well. Ben Witherington...
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There is no doubting the legacy of Protestant Reformers and their successors. Luther, Calvin, and Wesley not only spawned specific denominational traditions, but their writings have been instrumental in forging a broadly embraced evangelical theology as well. Ben Witherington wrestles with some of the big ideas of these major traditional theological systems (sin, God's sovereignty, prophecy, grace, and the Holy Spirit), asking tough questions about their biblical foundations. Advocating a return to Protestantism's sola scriptura roots, Witherington argues that evangelicalism sometimes wrongly assumes a biblical warrant for some of its more popular beliefs.
Witherington pushes the reader to engage the larger story and plot of the Bible in order to understand the crucial theological elements of Protestant belief. The Problem with Evangelical Theology casts today's evangelical belief and practice-be it Calvinistic, Wesleyan, Dispensational, or Pentecostal-in the light of its scriptural origins. Witherington offers a comprehensive description of evangelical theology while concurrently providing an insistent corrective to its departures from both tradition and text.
Ben Witherington III (Ph.D., University of Durham, England) is Amos Professor of New Testament for Doctoral Studies at Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky, and is on the doctoral faculty at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland
He is the author of many books on the New Testament, including Women and the Genesis of Christianity (Cambridge University Press); Jesus the Sage (Fortress Press); The Jesus Quest (InterVarsity Press) and The Paul Quest (InterVarsity Press). With Hershel Shanks he is coauthor of The Brother of Jesus (HarperSanFrancisco), a book on the controversial James ossuary. A frequent contributor to Beliefnet.com, Witherington has also appeared on numerous TV news programs such as Dateline, 60 Minutes, 20/20 and the Peter Jennings ABC special Jesus and Paul--The Word and the Witness.
Dr Witherington has written a commentary on every book of the New Testament in a wide variety of series.
- :<p>contentsoverture: The Legacy Of The Reformers Part Oneaugustine’s Children: The Problems With Reformed Theology1. Oh Adam, Where Art Thou? 2. Squinting At The Pauline "i" Chart 3. Laying Down The Law With Luther 4. Awaiting The Election Results 5. Complementarianism Is No Compliment Part Twoon Dispensing With Dispensationalism6. Enraptured But Not Uplifted: The Origins Of Dispensationalism And Prophecy 7. What Goes Up, Must Come Down: The Problem With Rapture Theology 8. Will The Real Israel Of God Please Stand Up? Part Threemr. Wesley Heading West9. Jesus, Paul, And John: Keeping Company In The Kingdom 10. New Birth Or New Creatures? 11. Amazing Prevenient Grace And Entire Sanctification Part Fourthe Cost Of Pentecostalism 12. The People Of Pentecost13. The Second Blessing Of Pentecostalism Part Fivethe Long Journey Home—where Do We Go From Here?14. Reimagining The Mystery 15. And So? Coda: Rebirth Of Orthodoxy Or Return To Fundamentalism?</p>