Four Views on Eternal Security

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Zondervan Academic, Oct 11, 2011 - Religion - 304 pages
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Does the Bible support the concept of "once saved, always saved," or can a person lose his or her salvation?

Among the most hotly debated topics in the history of Christian theology has been the perseverance of the saints. How do the Scriptures portray the complex interplay between grace and free will? These and related questions are explored from different angles in this thought-provoking Counterpoints volume.

The contributors each state their case for one of four prominent views on eternal security:

  • Classical Calvinist – presented by Michael S. Horton
  • Moderate Calvinist – presented by Norman L. Geisler
  • Reformed Arminian – presented by Stephen M. Ashby
  • Wesleyan Arminian – presented by J. Steven Harper

In keeping with the forum approach of the Counterpoints series, each view is first presented by its proponent, then critiqued and defended. This fair and respectful approach allows you to weigh for yourself the strengths and weaknesses of the different doctrinal stances. By furnishing you with scholarly and thoughtful perspectives on the topic of eternal security, this book helps you sift through opposing views to arrive at your own informed conclusions.

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User Review  - Bill.Bradford - LibraryThing

All four did very well in presenting their respective views. I was able to more clearly understand where each derives their view. They were generally respectful of each other's position. Overall one of the more readable and thoughtful books in the series. Read full review

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User Review  - rchase - LibraryThing

Unfortuantely the best presentation was the Reformed Arminian view while the view that I held was diminished by an unnecessary rabbit trail on covenant theology. Read full review



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Stanley N. Gundry is executive vice president and editor-in-chief for the Zondervan Corporation. He has been an influential figure in the Evangelical Theological Society, serving as president of ETS and on its executive committee, and is adjunct professor of Historical Theology at Grand Rapids Theological Seminary. He is the author of seven books and has written many articles appearing in popular and academic periodicals.

J. Matthew Pinson (MAR, Yale University) is president of Free Will Baptist Bible College in Nashville, Tennessee.

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