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The Problem with Evangelical Theology
Testing the Exegetical Foundations of Calvinism, Dispensationalism, Wesleyanism, and Pentecostalism, Revised and Expanded Edition

By Ben Witherington III

The Problem with Evangelical Theology
Paperback, 320 pages $39.95
Published: 15th November 2015
ISBN: 9781481304214
Format: 9in x 6in


Subjects: All Biblical Studies, All Theology, Hermeneutics & Exegesis, New Testament

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.

Overture: The Legacy of the Reformers

PART ONE

1. Augustine’s Children: The Problems with Reformed Theology

2. Oh Adam, Where Art Thou? 

3. Squinting at the Pauline “I” Chart 

4. Laying Down the Law with Luther 

5. Awaiting the Election Results 

6. 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?

“For Baptist ministers and lay people who are willing to be challenged, however, this book would be a lively read. Witherington identifies biblical illiteracy as a serious problem among evangelicals today.”

—Warren McWilliams, Journal for Baptist Theology and Ministry

Praise for the first edition:


“This volume has given me a renewed appreciation for our Restoration Plea and its great hermeneutical and ecclesiastical potential. And it has chastened me not only to champion the authority of Scripture alone but continually to allow that holy book to reform my theology.”

—Robert C. Kurka, Professor of Bible and Theology, Lincoln Christian College and Seminary, Stone Campbell Review

"Ben Witherington reminds us that being Reformed is a continual process. He calls Evangelical Christians to a fresh look at their claim to take Scripture seriously. Few scholars are better placed to do so. Witherington is authoritative and writes here with his usual compelling style."

—Trevor Hart, Principal of St Mary's College and Head of the School of Divinity, University of St Andrews, reviewing a previous edition or volume

"Evangelicals of all stripes need to take account of Witherington's contentions here—to make us exegetically honest and theologically responsible. He takes on the three streams of evangelicalism: Reformed, Wesleyan, and Dispensationalist views to examine their exegetical foundations and theological structures. The result is critique, but also a call for biblical orthodoxy and proclamation of biblical truth in postmodern society. His perspectives should gain a wide hearing."

—Donald K. McKim, Editor, Encyclopedia of the Reformed Faith, reviewing a previous edition or volume

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).



Publication Details:


Binding:
 Paperback , 320 pages
ISBN:
 9781481304214
Format:
 9in x 6in

BISAC Code:
  REL006220, REL006400, REL067000
Imprint:
 Baylor University Press



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