What Does It Mean to Be Saved? consists of a scholarly collection of seven essays and two responses occasioned by a 2001 Regent College conference that asked select academics to "open up new vistas" for North American evangelicals who "need their [soteriological] horizons expanded" (p. 9). The book's stated goals are to serve as a catalyst for constructive conversations on neglected dimensions of human living where the fingers of Christ's redemption reach and, further, facilitate evangelical discussions about "what the Bible teaches about salvation in all its glorious complexity and scope" (p. 10)-an ambitious undertaking to be sure. Contributors to this endeavor include Vincent Bacote, Henri A. G. Blocher, D. Bruce Hindmarsh, Amy L. Sherman, Rikk E. Watts, John Webster, Loren Wilkinson, Jonathan R. Wilson, and newcomer Cherith Fee Nordling. The essays that emerge from this distinguished group clearly reflect their academic specializations, which both adds to and detracts from the value and purpose of the overall project.
Rev. John J. Bombaro (Ph.D., King's College, University of London) is the parish minister at Grace Lutheran Church in San Diego, California and a lecturer in theology and religious studies at the University of San Diego.
Issue: "Forgiven, Forgiving" March/April 2004 Vol. 13 No. 2 Page number(s): 44-45
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