The Problem with Evangelical Theology: Testing the Exegetical Foundations of Calvinism, Dispensationalism, and Wesleyanism

Ben Witherington III


The Problem with Evangelical Theology: Testing the Exegetical Foundations of Calvinism, Dispensationalism, and Wesleyanism

The Problem with Evangelical Theology: Testing the Exegetical Foundations of Calvinism, Dispensationalism, and Wesleyanism

  • Title: The Problem with Evangelical Theology: Testing the Exegetical Foundations of Calvinism, Dispensationalism, and Wesleyanism
  • Author: Ben Witherington III
  • ISBN: 9781932792423
  • Page: 191
  • Format: Paperback



There is no doubting the legacy of the 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 In this volume, Ben Witherington wrestles with some of the big ideas of these major traditional theological sysThere is no doubting the legacy of the 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 In this volume, 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 Witherington argues that evangelicalism sometimes wrongly assumes a biblical warrant for some of its popular beliefs, and, further, he pushes the reader to engage the larger story and plot of the Bible to understand these central elements of belief.


Recent Comments "The Problem with Evangelical Theology: Testing the Exegetical Foundations of Calvinism, Dispensationalism, and Wesleyanism"

Witherington does a thorough job of deconstructing the traditional thought lines of Evangelical exegesis. I appreciate that he is willing to even deconstruct the exegesis of his own theological godfather, John Wesley. He spends a good bit of time proposing ways forward after deconstruction as well. Witherington proves, once again, to be an in-depth scholar committed deeply to both church and text, while approaching delicate issues with humility.Two quibbles: Although this is a good book for theo [...]

I like Witherington's stuff. He is a New Testament scholar of Arminian persuasion but without axes to grind. He is a careful exegete and demonstrates expertise in the tools of the interpretation - linguistics, archaeology, history, etc. In this book Witherington is exploring the inability of the main schools of current Evangelical thought to capture the whole of what it means to be Evangelical. He notes that evangelical systems of thought often deviate from scripture at their most distinctive po [...]

As a convert to Christianity in 1964, I read the King James bible in a year. Got confused in churches when I heard you have to believe that even your choice of toothpaste is predestined? Then in 1967 after the Six Day War, I started reading books that 'clearly showed' that the Lord would come by 1997 . . . no later. But after a few years I couldn't see that. Second Coming preachers seemed to miss much of what Jesus said. It just didn't fit with the whole thrust of the Bible. And what proof is th [...]

Very good book for me to read. The book is very technical and hard to keep track of at times, but overall good at coming to understand three important theologies and the weaknesses associated with them.

See my review at davidherrick.typepad/junk_

must reading for pastors


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