Faith Comes by Hearing: A Response to Inclusivism

Front Cover, 2009 - Religion - 548 pages
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WHAT ABOUT THOSE WHO HAVE NEVER HEARD? The debate swirls and feelings run deep. What is the fate of the unevangelized? The traditional position - that apart from an explicit faith in Jesus no one is saved - seems to have fallen out of favor with many evangelicals. But the contributors to Faith Comes by Hearing demur. This book is a passionate but irenic response to the arguments of those who believe that the unevangelized can (or might) be saved apart from knowledge of Jesus Christ. Building on the insights of others, nine scholars introduce readers, even those with little background, to the ongoing discussion. Key questions - Is general revelation sufficient? Are other religions salvific? Do holy pagans exist? Must faith be explicit? Is exclusivism unjust? - are probed and answered from a biblical, theological and historical perspective.

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Inclusivisms and Exclusivisms
Exclusivism Unjust or Just? 61 3 General Revelation Sufficient or Insufficient?
Other Religions Saving or Secular?
Holy Pagans Reality or Myth?
Saving Faith Implicit or Explicit?
The Gospel for All Nations 367 8 Inclusivism versus Exclusivism on Key Biblical Texts
Gods Zeal for His World
Answers to Notable Questions
Selected Bibliography

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Christopher W. Morgan is professor of theology and dean of the School of Christian Ministries at California Baptist University in Riverside, California. Author/editor of ten books and a teaching pastor of Helendale Community Church, he and and his wife, Shelley, have been married for twenty years and live in Helendale, California.

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