The objections of both Powlison and Boyd clearly bring this position into question. Several observations highlight important lacunae. Contributors include: - Walter Wink with The topic of spiritual warfare is an issue of ongoing interest in a number of sectors of the contemporary church. The first person to write here is Walter Wink, with the assistance of others. I think his view helpfully points out the big picture, confronting us with the reality of spiritual forces at work on national, world, societal, etc levels.
The book has been provided courtesy of Graf-Martin Communications and Baker Academic in exchange for an honest review. Talk about a dynamic dialogue! Contributors include: - Walter Wink with Gareth Higgins and Michael Hardin - David Powlison - Gregory Boyd - C. In most non-Western ecclesiastical contexts, the reality and importance of spiritual warfare is a given. Peter Wagner and Rebecca Greenwood have much to say, but little Scripture to back it up. Offering a model of critical thinking and respectful dialogue, it highlights the differences between contributors, discusses a full range of important topics on the subject, and deploys biblical as well as theological arguments. Beilby and Paul Rhodes Eddy. Their view is rooted in 19-20th century philosophy and social science more than scripture.
Nevertheless, his brief against the naturalistic worldview is an important contribution to the subject; on which, see his longer word, written with Paul Rhodes Eddy, The Jesus Legend. Michael Hardin cowrote Wink's responses. There are many 'four-views' books on the market, but this one on spiritual warfare is one of the few that ably addresses important issues of global Christian theological and practical concern. In his straightforward, practical style, cuts through the confusion and clutter often associated with the issue of spiritual warfare. He uses the terminology of the Bible and Christian tradition, but he invests it with suspect meanings. Walter died in May, so this book represents his last publication at least for now; his autobiography is due out sometime next year.
If you want a sober, careful, well documented source on this subject, this is the book for you. Understanding Spiritual Warfare should be read by students of missions and would make an excellent text for a class on spiritual warfare. Beilby and Paul Rhodes Eddy, eds. Boyd's essay is particularly instructive, especially when he deals with the postmodern skeptics who dispel the reality of spiritual realms. Boyd and Powlison offer more normal views and their differences are based more in the doctrines listed above, namely the sovereignty of God. It is as true of Communists or capitalists or anarchists as it is of Christians.
In my opinion, there contribution is weak, though it makes for interesting reading. There is nothing to lose when we learn from others. Nor can the primary focus be on only one of the three. Spiritual powers—the inner dimension of reality—are real but not personal spirit beings. George Tiller, who was murdered by Scott Roeder, an anti-abortion activist, on May 31, 2009, while attending church. Writing from within the liberal Protestant tradition, Wink's understanding of spiritual warfare has been shaped by the demythologization of the New Testament.
If you have an interest in Spiritual Warfare from a Christian perspective, this book will be very interesting to you. The future belongs to whoever can envision in the manifold of its potentials a new and desirable possibility, which faith then fixes upon as inevitable. Believers are protected from demonic possession or demonization. He is the author or editor of a number of books, including Across the Spectrum. Greenwood closes her essay with a case study of strategic-level spiritual warfare against abortion in Wichita, Kansas--more specifically against the abortionist Dr.
I really liked the heuristic approach, allowing the reader to make their own decision on which viewpoint they agree or disagree with. The authors stick tothe point - discussing spiritual warfare and focus little on points of disagreement in terms of theological conservatism or liberalism. Peter Wagner, and Rebecca Greenwood emphasizing deliverance form the devil, though at different levels. Peter Wagner and Rebecca Greenwood have much to say, but little Scripture to back it up. I enjoyed reading the book though. It becomes obvious that there is more to Spiritual Warfare than most Christians understand.
By the time the reader completes the book it will become obvious that there is more to spiritual warfare than that. I recommend it to theologians, students, pastors, church leaders, and church members as an introduction to the key thinkers and issues in the debate. Boyd encourages the practice of deliverance ministry alongside counseling ministry in his church. Here is a resource that helps put the dominant hermeneutical and spiritual orientations in perspective. He uses the terminology of the Bible and Christian tradition, but he invests it with suspect meanings. The influence of the Global South on the presenters is referenced only minimally.