In this exciting edited collection, Tom Greggs challenges us to think afresh about evangelical theology: where it is today, and where it is headed. Bringing together an outstanding group of young theologians to engage critically and constructively with traditional evangelical theology, the book seeks to open up the field and encourage ‘good practice’ in its study.
New Perspectives in Evangelical Theology addresses some of the major themes within evangelical theology including election, the Holy Spirit, eschatology, and sanctification. It examines the Bible and the Church, and has chapters on worship and the sacraments. The final section investigates the interaction of evangelicalism and society, considering politics, sex and the body, and other faiths such as Judaism and Islam. Framed by a foreword from David F. Ford and a postscript from Richard B. Hays, the book is an invaluable collection of new thinking.
Table of Contents
Foreword David F. Ford 1. Opening Evangelicalism: towards a post-critical and formative theology Tom Greggs 2. The Bible Before Us: Evangelical Possibilities for Taking Scripture Seriously Richard Briggs 3. Election and Evangelical Thinking: Challenges to our Way of Conceiving the Doctrine of God Paul Nimmo 4. The atonement: God’s love in action Paul Dafydd Jones 5. Entire sanctification and theological method: a Wesleyan dynamic for discovering good news in every context George Bailey 6. Reformation Pessimism or Pietist Personalism? The Problem of the Holy Spirit in Evangelical Theology Simeon Zahl 7. Feeding and forming the People of God: the Lord, his Supper and the Church in Calvin and 1 Corinthians 11:17-34 Ben Fulford 8. Embodied Evangelicalism: The Body of Christ and the Christian Body Elizabeth Kent 9. Embodied Christianity: Practice Illuminating a Biblical Ecclesiology Donald McFadyen 10. From glory to glory: the transfiguration of honour and giving in the light of the glory of Christ Jason Fout 11. Beyond the Binary: Forming Evangelical Eschatology Tom Greggs 12. Evangelicalism and the Political: Recovering the Truth Within Andi Smith 13. A word about the Word: building scriptural bridges with the Muslim community Sarah Snyder 14. The Theological and Political Ramifications of a Theology of Israel Glenn Chestnutt Postscript ‘Seeking a Centred, Generous Orthodoxy’ Richard B. Hays
Tom Greggs studied Theology at the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge, and is currently a Professor of Theology at the University of Chester, UK.
'Tom Greggs has assembled a group of younger evangelical theologians to compose essays on core theological questions as well some pressing contemporary concerns. The contributors- with courage, resolution, and some heavy artillery from within the great tradition of the Church -break down stereotypes, correct old courses, and build strong, constructive bridges. They are a future generation that is big with promise.' - The Rev. Dr.theol. Paul F.M. Zahl, Rector, All Saints Episcopal Church, USA