God's Strategy in Human History

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Wipf and Stock Publishers, Jul 1, 2001 - Religion - 400 pages
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"Forster and Marston have delivered a stellar book that attempts to present an exegetical and Scriptural framework for the content presented in the book. Instead of beginning from a set of deductive theological assumptions and then attempting to support that system from Scripture, Forster and Marston examine Scripture and attempt to build their case directly from the text. The authors unabashedly admit that their views are very similar to those of Arminian and Weslyan traditions, but they state in the beginning of the book that they do not want to be labeled with these names, but want to construct a theology that is in line with the teachings of the first 300 years of Christianity. Anyone who reads their appendix will come to understand that the teachings presented in this book were the orthodox consensus of the early Church for the first 300 years, and that it was Augustine who introduced serious deviations into the mainstream orthodox Christianity of his time. Forster and Marston begin by describing the battle that is being waged between God and the spiritual forces that oppose Him. They examine the book of Job and see how this relates to the overall struggle. Then the authors examine the 9th chapter of Romans to see if this book is dealing with election and individual destinies, or God's actions within human history. The authors do an excellent job of arguing for their opinion that this chapter is speaking about God's involvement in human history and it deals with God's choosing of one nation or individual over another nation or individual to accomplish His purpose. Other sections of interest in this book are the sections on foreknowledge and predestination and the chapters on faith and works. The section on faith and works was particularly interesting because it relies on much of the teaching of the new perspective which has shed much light on how a 1st century Palestinian Jew would have approached Scriptural issues. The research, argumenation, and exegesis in this book are solid so every chapter is excellent, but the ones mentioned above were two of my favorites." -- Amazon.com.
 

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Contents

Objectors and Vessels
70
The Present Conflict
81
Gods Great Project and the Final Battle
92
Key Concepts in the Conflict
107
Wills Plans and Sovereignty
109
Chosen and Elect
134
Justification and Righteousness
170
Works and Faithfulness
185

Israel and Gods Plan Introduction
37
Israel and Gods Plan Abraham Isaac
44
Israel and Gods Plan Jacob Esau
51
Israel and Gods Plan Moses
56
Israel and Gods Plan Pharaoh
63
Foreknowledge and Predestination
222
Hardening and Unbelief
260
Appendix
287
Early Teaching on Freewill and Election
289
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Roger Forster studied mathematics and theology at St John's College Cambridge. After a period in the Royal Air Force, he worked as an itinerant evangelist before starting Ichthus in 1974. Roger was one of the founders of March for Jesus, was on the board of the AD2000 Movement and the Council of the Evangelical Missionary Alliance for many years. He has been involved with the Evangelical Alliance since the early 1970s as a member of the Council, and has served on a number of EA committees.Among his many responsibilities he is Chairman of the Council for the UK Evangelical Alliance and honorary Vice President of Tearfund, and is honoured to be on the Council of Reference for Aglow International (Britain), and together with Faith is a patron of Springs Dance Company. In 1974 Faith and Roger Forster founded the Ichthus Christian Fellowship, which they co-lead, and currently comprises 15 London congregations, a network of 80 UK link churches and workers overseas in approximately 16 nations. Roger has authored and co-authored several books, including God's Strategy in Human History, Reason Science and Faith, Christianity Evidence and Truth, The Kingdom of Jesus, Prayer, Trinity and Suffering and the Love of God.

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