Today at the Southern Seminary LifeWay store, I bought Across the Spectrum: Understanding Issues in Evangelical Theology. It is by Greg Boyd and Paul Eddy. I’m not a great fan of Boyd’s theology because of things like open theism among others. However, in this book Boyd and Eddy (both professors at Bethel Seminary in Minnesota) present the two or three (or sometimes four) majority views in 18 divisive issues in evangelical theology. These are: (1) Inspiration, (2) Providence, (3) Divine Foreknowledge, (4) Genesis (Old Earth or Young Earth), (5) Divine Image, (6) Human Construction, (7) Christology, (8) Nature of the Atonement, (9) Salvation (Calvinist or Arminian), (10) Sanctification, (11) Eternal Security, (12) Destiny of the Unevangelized, (13) the Lord’s Supper, (14) Baptism, (15) Charismatic Gifts, (16) Women in Ministry, (17) the Millennium, (18) Hell.
Basically, in about 250 pages, Across the Spectrum presents the basic content of what could be shelves worth of “four views” books. I read chapter 11 on eternal security and the two sides presented were both given fair and objective treatment. This books seems to be a great resource. I might, however, hesitate to give it to a new or immature believer because I would be wary of having them exposed to Boyd’s other misguided and often dangerous teaching. Still, this work stands on its own merit, and I am grateful to Boyd and Eddy for producing it.