Thursday, March 12, Book Review:
This article first appeared in the Christian Research Journal, volume 27, number 2 For further information or to subscribe to the Christian Research Journal go to: This exclusive view has been challenged in recent years by a view known as pluralism, which says there are many paths to God or Ultimate Reality.
Pluralists such as John Hick, however, have put forth arguments that contain numerous difficulties for their own view.
If, for example, God is all-loving, as pluralists have argued, then this means that religions that view God as nonpersonal are false, since to be loving is to be personal.
Pluralism, furthermore, seeks to empty all religions of objective truth claims. Anyone who would embrace pluralism, therefore, will have to abandon basic tenets of his or her own faith.
Pluralism has been a philosophical failure and, hence, should not be embraced. Once upon a time Christians were identifiable by an unqualified commitment to Jesus Christ as the one and only Savior of the world, but the unity of professing Christians on this fundamental issue has disappeared.
Yes, but… Yes, period! The negative answer — the belief that Jesus is not the only Savior — is commonly called pluralism. People holding this view argue that there are many paths to salvation and that Jesus is only one of those paths.
The unqualified affirmative answer Yes, period! This view is often called exclusivism because it teaches that Jesus Christ is the only way whereby men and women can approach God and receive salvation; all other ways are excluded.
Sometimes this position is called restrictivism because it teaches that salvation is restricted to those who have explicitly believed in Jesus Christ. The qualified affirmative answer Yes, but… is the favored view of a growing number of Christian college and seminary professors.
Many pastors, Christian workers, and denominational leaders who were introduced to this view by their professors also would give the qualified affirmative answer.
Worldviews in Conflict: Choosing Christianity in a World of Ideas [Ronald H. Nash] on schwenkreis.com *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. This world is a battlefield in the arena of ideas. The prize is the heart and mind of humankind. In this book. Preface. The opportunity to write this manuscript came chiefly as the result of two extended speaking engagements. The bulk of the material was written to complement the Spring Lectureship which I presented at Western (Conservative Baptist) Seminary in Portland, Oregon. Is Jesus the Only Savior? By Ronald H. Nash. Grand Rapids: Zondervan Publishing House, pp. Paper, $ This important book evaluates the growing influence of pluralism and inclusivism as over against traditional Christian exclusivism.
In this, the first of three articles dealing with the place of Jesus in salvation, I will examine pluralism. In the second article, I will explore inclusivism. In the third article, I will look at a related theory that is growing in popularity, namely, the view that people who have never heard the gospel in this life can be saved after death.
This theory is often called the doctrine of postmortem salvation. Hick explains his own view this way: The earlier stage extended from about to The second stage, aftercontains the theories for which he is best known.
It first took root and then grew sometimes fitfully, as Hick tried first one approach and then another to make his evolving view work. Tracing some of those steps can help us reach a judgment about the value of current arguments for pluralism.
The view that there is no salvation apart from Jesus Christ was to be abandoned for a view that sees all the world religions rotating around God. In other words, Hick was abandoning a Christocentric view of salvation for a theocentric model.
There were times when the Ptolemaic astronomers could explain only certain motions of heavenly bodies by postulating orbits on orbits on orbits, called epicycles. Epicycles have served ever since as an example of arbitrary and contrived theorizing, not based on evidence but adopted solely to enhance the plausibility of a theory.
Their efforts, Hick argues, are not prompted by an honest attempt to conform theory to evidence, but they are merely tinkering with their model in order to continue delaying its inevitable demise.Worldviews in Conflict: Choosing Christianity in a World of Ideas [Ronald H.
Nash] on schwenkreis.com *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. This world is a battlefield in the arena of ideas.
The prize is the heart and mind of humankind.
In this book. Nash reveals in chapters , the evolution of Hick’s philosophy of pluralism and understanding of pluralism, which conflicts with the Christian’s view of the exclusivity Jesus Christ.
Nash’s views within his book are orthodox and consistent with a reformed understanding of Christian Theology. Here is the first 12 pages of my audio book.
Only more to go I’ll also be doing a video podcast that summarizes each section When I’m done, that will be a DVD available for purchase with some “extras.”.
Zeitgeist continues as do the skeptics with the idea that Christianity itself is a copy of the cult of Mithras, which was popularized in Rome in the 1st to 4th Century AD (note that it sprung up in Rome after the death of Christ and centuries after the Old Testament prophecies of the Coming Messiah).
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