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The Problem with Evangelical Theology

Testing the Exegetical Foundations of Calvinism, Dispensationalism, Wesleyanism, and Pentecostalism

Revised and Expanded Edition

Ben Witherington III (author)

ISBN: 9781481304214

Publication Date: Nov 2015

Format: Paperback

Also available as: Hardback  

Ben Witherington wrestles with some of the big ideas of the major traditional theological systems (sin, God's sovereignty, prophecy, grace, and the Holy Spirit), asking tough questions about their biblical foundations.
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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.
Pages 332
Dimensions 229 x 152
Date Published 30 Nov 2015
Publisher Baylor University Press
Subject/s Religion: general   Biblical studies & exegesis   Biblical exegesis & hermeneutics   New Testaments  
  • Overture: The Legacy of the Reformers
  • PART ONE
  • Augustine's Children: The Problems with Reformed Theology
  • 1. 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 TWO
  • On Dispensing with Dispensationalism
  • 6. 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 THREE
  • Mr. Wesley Heading West
  • 9. Jesus, Paul, and John: Keeping Company in the Kingdom
  • 10. New Birth or New Creatures?
  • 11. Amazing Prevenient Grace and Entire Sanctification
  • PART FOUR
  • The Cost of Pentecostalism
  • 12. The People of Pentecost
  • 13. The Second Blessing of Pentecostalism
  • PART FIVE
  • The Long Journey Home Where Do We Go from Here?
  • 14. Reimagining the Mystery
  • 15. And So?
  • Coda: Rebirth of Orthodoxy or Return to Fundamentalism?
Ben Witherington III is Professor of New Testament for Doctoral Studies, Asbury Theological Seminary. His publications include Troubled Waters: Rethinking the Theology of Baptism (2007), Making a Meal of It: Rethinking the Theology of the Lord's Supper (2007), The Living Word of God: Rethinking the Theology of the Bible (2007), and What's in the Word: Rethinking the Socio-Rhetorical Character of the New Testament (2009).

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