Across the Spectrum: Understanding Issues in Evangelical Theology
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Across the Spectrum: Understanding Issues in Evangelical Theology

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Evangelical thinkers in recent years have thrust differing and sometimes nontraditional views on the doctrine of God, the composition of the human person, and the nature of hell into the spotlight. Across the Spectrum, written by Bethel College theologians Gregory Boyd and Paul Eddy, offers a service to the church by carefully examining the various positions taken by evang...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published June 1st 2002 by Baker Academic
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Paul Dubuc
In spite of all the criticism it has received, I think this book does a good job of presenting the various evangelical positions on the issues it covers. It's a great starting point for anyone wishing to explore or develop their own views on these issues in light of the differing positions taken by other evangelical Christians. Some have criticized the authors for bias toward their own views. But that's to be expected from a book like this. No one is completely unbiased. The intent of the author...more
A good cursory text on the basis of evangelical thought. Probably too bifurcated and not generous enough with "liberal" evangelicals. I found it enjoyable and helpful though. Good for people who are longing for a survey of evangelical debated theology.
Brett Marko
This is a well written book and was easy to read. My problem is not so much with the presentation as the authors did a very good job of giving the perspectives of all the main positions for each issue it looks at.

My problem with this book is that these issues that Christians (and in this book a particular focus on evangelical Protestants) debate are for the most part true non-issues when it comes down to the core of Christianity. Don't get me wrong, I am not saying these aren't issues. But in tr...more
Mark Zellner
This book takes a full, honest, unbiased look at several key theological issues dividing the church today. These range from the purpose of baptism, to the nature of hell, to the security of the believer. Every position is presented in an essay written by a scholar who holds to that particular view. The benefit to this is that the reader is exposed to a spectrum of beliefs expounded on by multiple individuals, giving a fairer view than would be obtained if the entire book were the work of a singl...more
Overall a great and easy read. It really accomplishes what it sets out to do, provide an overview of various perspectives on theological issues. It has a good breadth but not a lot of depth, but it does list references and recommendations for further reading. I will say that at times the lack of depth was frustrating, because I felt on a few issues the arguments presented were a little shallow and not well-rounded or articulated. However, even though I wouldn't reread (hence only a 4), I think I...more
Ryan Rindels
A wonderful resource for any Christian interesting in controversial Theological issues. It covers topics such as: Calvinism vs. Arminianism, various Eschatological positions on the millenium, the eternal duration of hell vs. annihilationism and women in ministry. It gives a fair presentation of both sides and cites scriptural support for each. Whatever your position on all the topics, you will understand the opposing side's rationale -- either to strengthen your own, sympathize with the other......more
Cassandra Elgersma
This book reads a bit like a textbook which I think is the intention to a degree. Still, very understandable and a nice way to learn about the various schools of thought on many issues throughout the christian faith that are sometimes oversimplified or marginalized when taught by someone with a predefined opinion that they're persuading you to agree with. I enjoyed the objectivity.

Carefully and clearly written, this is a helpful assessment of key theological debates within evangelicalism. Every once in awhile, Lutherans get a nod, but oftentimes I would read the 2 or 3 options in a given category and not be satisfied with any stance.
This is the only book I know of that you can get a fair and balanced look at each side of all of the major controversies in Christianity. From the Calvinist/Arminian debate, to the hell debate, to the atonement debate you get a clear presentation of each side.
I just finished reading some reviews of this book on Amazon.
Perhaps the the most strident reviews are from those most blinded to the truth.
Little bits of truth are surely present in most views. But Isms are lenses that distort the Knowledge of God.
Deena Shoemaker
Great information; really really boring read.
Chris Bloom
For an assigned book, this was surprisingly enjoyable. I like debate-style books in which authors present opposing viewpoints, and this one deals with a very broad range of issues. Recommended.

Lee Marthers
A great book. Each topic is discussed from varying view points by people who hold those view points. Turns into a great discussion and is quite though provoking.
AMAZING book for anyone interested in evangelical theology. Easy to read and understand, and incredibly accurate!
Kyle P
Fascinating and balanced take on many of the issues that have arisen in evangelical Christianity.
This book was pretty balanced. Gave pretty good overviews of different stances on biblical issues.
Very helpful book on sometime complicated theological issues.
Apr 28, 2009 Eli marked it as to-read
It's a well written Evangelical Theology book. =] very good examples given.
Great way to see balanced perspectives of various Christian doctrines.
Ken Smith
Great book for comparing theology's and interesting read.
"Helpful resource, for great discussions."
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