Christian Spirituality: Five Views of Sanctification, Edited by Donald Alexander

Christian Spirituality

Five Views of Sanctification

Spectrum Multiview Book Series

Edited by Donald Alexander
Contributions by Gerhard O. Forde, Sinclair B. Ferguson, Laurence W. Wood, Russell P. Spittler, and E. Glenn Hinson

Christian Spirituality
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  • Length: 204 pages
  • Dimensions: 5.5 × 8.25 in
  • Published: January 11, 1989
  • Item Code: 1278
  • ISBN: 978-0-8308-1278-3

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How can we grow closer to God? Is there a secret to spiritual life? Do we need a second blessing? Is sanctification God's work or ours? Is it instantaneous or is it a process?

The nature of Christian spirituality has been widely debated throughout the history of the church. The doctrine of sanctification was one of the main fissures separating Luther from the Catholic Church. Even today different groups of Protestants disagree on how we draw closer to God. What distinguishes the different positions and what exactly is at stake in these recurring debates?

To answer these questions Donald L. Alexander, professor of biblical theology at Bethel College, has brought together five scholars that represent each of the main historical Protestant traditions:

  • Gerhard O. Forde on the Lutheran vew
  • Sinclair B. Ferguson on the Reformed view
  • Laurence W. Wood on the Wesleyan view
  • Russell P. Spittler on the Pentecostal view
  • E. Glenn Hinson on the Contemplative view

With an introduction by Alexander and responses to each of the main essays by the other contributors, this Spectrum volume provides a helpful and stimulating introduction to an important doctrine of the church.

Spectrum Multiview Books offer a range of viewpoints on contested topics within Christianity, giving contributors the opportunity to present their position and also respond to others in this dynamic publishing format.

CONTENTS

The Riddle of Sanctification--Donald Alexander

The Lutheran View--Gerhard O. Forde
A Reformed Response--Sinclair B. Ferguson
A Wesleyan Response--Laurence W. Wood
A Pentecostal Response--Russell P. Spittler
A Contemplative Response--E. Glenn Hinson

The Reformed View--Sinclair B. Ferguson
A Lutheran Response--Gerhard O. Forde
A Wesleyan Response--Laurence W. Wood
A Pentecostal Response--Russell P. Spittler
A Contemplative Response--E. Glenn Hinson

The Weslyan View--Laurence W. Wood
A Lutheran Response--Gerhard O. Forde
A Reformed Response--Sinclair B. Ferguson
A Pentecostal Response--Russell P. Spittler
A Contemplative Response--E. Glenn Hinson

The Pentecostal View--Russell P. Spittler
A Lutheran Response--Gerhard O. Forde
A Reformed Response--Sinclair B. Ferguson
A Wesleyan Response--Laurence W. Wood
A Contemplative Response--E. Glenn Hinson

The Contemplative View--E. Glenn Hinson
A Lutheran Response--Gerhard O. Forde
A Reformed Response--Sinclair B. Ferguson
A Wesleyan Response--Laurence W. Wood
A Pentecostal Response--Russell P. Spittler

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Donald Alexander (Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara) is emeritus professor of Biblical Studies at Bethel University, St. Paul, MN. He served for ten years as a missionary at the Alliance Bible Seminary, Hong Kong, China. He is the author of The Pursuit of Godliness: Sanctification in Christological Perspective.