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Terrance L. Tiessen ¶ 5 Read Free download ↠ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ¶ Terrance L. Tiessen Who Can Be Saved?: Reassessing Salvation in Christ and World Religions Free download ↠ 5 Throughout history millions have lived and died without hearing the gospel of Jesus Christ Despite vigorous missionary efforts large populations of the world today have never been evangelized And now religious pluralism has set up shop on Main Street The uestion Who can be saved forces itself on the minds of Christians like never before Is there a wideness in God. One of the most common uestions I am asked by Christian students on campus is what about those who never heard about Jesus Along with that are uestions about those who lived prior to the birth of Jesus Though this uestion is often asked by Christians it is one that those outside the faith also ask Taken on a wider view it leads into discussions about how Christ relates to world religions where religions came from and so forthTerrance Tiessen s book is a helpful contribution He rejects the threefold typology usually referred to in discussions of salvation exclusivism which says only those who confess Christ inclusivism which says others may be saved by Christ even if they do not confess Christ and pluralism which says there are many ways to get to God Instead he puts forth five options1 Ecclesiocentrism Salvation is accomplished only in Jesus and the only ones who experience this salvation are those who hear the gospel and respond positively2 Agnosticism Salvation comes only in Jesus the first four options affirm this but scripture does not clearly indicate the destination of those who do not hear the gospel in this life3 Accessibilism Again salvation is only in Jesus yet there is Biblical reason to be hopeful about the possibility of salvation for those who do not hear the gospel4 Religious Instrumentalism Jesus is still the only way but God is also working through the other religions bringing salvations through them Accessibilists say God may save people of other religions religious instrumentalists say God raised up those religions specifically as instruments of salvation5 Relativism Salvation is universally available through various religionsTiessen sets out to defend Accessibilism in this book and he does so in a thorough way He does not just speak of adults of other religions but he also brings in infants and the disabled This is important because many arguments that reject possible salvation for those who never hear the gospel also end up unintentionally rejecting infants and the disabled In other words the same criteria used to say one group unevangelized adults is not saved if applied to another group infants disabled leaves them out in the coldWhat I found most interesting about this book is that Tiessen writes from a Calvinist Monergist perspective In this view there is one actor in salvation God Tiessen affirms that TULIP all are totally depraved God unconditionally elects some to salvation and these will be saved This contrasts with an ArminianWesleyan perspective that speaks of Synergism God s election works along with human freedom In this view humans have the power to choose or reject GodHe admits that Accessibilism seems to fit with Synergism then with his own Monergism I found myself thinking of this throughout If I were a Calvinist and the uestion what about those who never heard was asked of me I would just say well they must not have been elect It seems uite simple Tiessen s defense makes sense but through it all I am not sure why people never hearing would be a problem for Calvinists He tries to say that every person is given the ability to choose Jesus but they aren t if they are not given the efficacious grace as Tiessen calls it Somehow people are condemned for failing to believeeven though they are unable to believe unless God enables them since God is the only actor which is what monergism believesAll that to say Tiessen s book often shows problems and challenges with the view he opposes Arminianism but seems to gloss over the problems with his own position Along with that as I mentioned in the last paragraph the whole thing seems kind of unnecessary if those who are not saved are just not among the elect If you are a Calvinist who has asked the uestions Tiessen is asking this book is for you and you ll probably give it 4 5 stars If you are not a Calvinist there is still a lot of good in this book I found myself agreeing with tons of it I do think there is room for debate on what salvation even means For much of the book the working definition is along the lines of those who have been cleansed of sin and thus they can go to heaven when they die But at a few points in the book he does talk as if the point of salvation is not just the afterlife but this life Those few points help but the book does come close to being able to be retitled who can go to heaven when they die which as important as that might be does not seem to be the primary message that Jesus was concerned withOverall a helpful book that would probably be most welcome by those on the conservative end of the spectrumwho are Calvinists EMS Vehicle Operator Safety Arabic yet there is Biblical reason to be hopeful about the possibility of salvation for those who do not hear the gospel4 Religious Instrumentalism Jesus is still the only way but God is also working through the other religions bringing salvations through them Accessibilists say God may save people of other religions religious instrumentalists say God raised up those religions specifically as instruments of salvation5 Relativism Salvation is universally available through various religionsTiessen sets out to defend Accessibilism in this book and he does so in a thorough way He does not just speak of adults of other religions but he also brings in infants and the disabled This is important because many arguments that reject possible salvation for those who never hear the gospel also end up unintentionally rejecting infants and the disabled In other words the same criteria used to say one group unevangelized adults is not saved if applied to another group infants disabled leaves them out in the coldWhat I found most interesting about this book is that Tiessen writes from a Calvinist Monergist perspective In this view there is one actor in salvation God Tiessen affirms that TULIP all are totally depraved God unconditionally elects some to salvation and these will be saved This contrasts with an ArminianWesleyan perspective that speaks of Synergism God s election works along with human freedom In this view humans have the power to choose or reject GodHe admits that Accessibilism seems to fit with Synergism then with his own Monergism I found myself thinking of this throughout If I were a Calvinist and the uestion what about those who never heard was asked of me I would just say well they must not have been elect It seems uite simple Tiessen s defense makes sense but through it all I am not sure why people never hearing would be a problem for Calvinists He tries to say that every person is given the ability to choose Jesus but they aren t if they are not given the efficacious grace as Tiessen calls it Somehow people are condemned for failing to believeeven though they are unable to believe unless God enables them since God is the only actor which is what monergism believesAll that to say Tiessen s book often shows problems and challenges with the view he opposes Arminianism but seems to gloss over the problems with his own position Along with that as I mentioned in the last paragraph the whole thing seems kind of unnecessary if those who are not saved are just not among the elect If Master your Mindset you are a Calvinist who has asked the uestions Tiessen is asking this book is for The Pocket Idiot's Guide to Your Carbon Footprint Pocket Idiot's Guide you and Niets was wat het leek you ll probably give it 4 5 stars If Future Science you are not a Calvinist there is still a lot of good in this book I found myself agreeing with tons of it I do think there is room for debate on what salvation even means For much of the book the working definition is along the lines of those who have been cleansed of sin and thus they can go to heaven when they die But at a few points in the book he does talk as if the point of salvation is not just the afterlife but this life Those few points help but the book does come close to being able to be retitled who can go to heaven when they die which as important as that might be does not seem to be the primary message that Jesus was concerned withOverall a helpful book that would probably be most welcome by those on the conservative end of the spectrumwho are Calvinists

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Terrance L. Tiessen ¶ 5 Read Free download ↠ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ¶ Terrance L. Tiessen Who Can Be Saved?: Reassessing Salvation in Christ and World Religions Free download ↠ 5 's mercy Does God reveal himself in a way that invites all people to respond positively in saving faith Does one have to be an Arminian to believe so Or is there a way for Calvinists to see how God might reveal and save apart from the explicit gospel and yet exclusively through Jesus Christ And if so what does this say about the role of religions within the sover. In his introduction Tiessen outlines some of the central and difficulty uestions that will motivate his exploration of the larger one who can be saved It is as the title suggtets a reassessing of salvation in Christ in the light of these uestions and the implications that the answers have on our approach to world religions Further though the uestions address a wider circle than that of world religions and apply directly to how we deal with the tricky ground of infants mentally disabled and the unevangelized Tiessen frames his central list of thesis to which he devotes a chapter to each by rejecting the three central tendencies of the argument exclusive inclusive and pluralist and instead sets his language within the paramaters of ecclesiocentricism salvation is in Jesus and only for those who hear the Gospel and respond agnosticism that salvation is only in Jesus but that we do not have clear indication of those who do not hear the Gospel accessibilism salvation only in Jesus but that we have hope in scripture for those who do not hear the Gospel religious instrumentalism Jesus is the only way but God works through other religions as well through Jesus and relativism that salvation is universally available in other religions Tiessen s own view is that of accesibilism and it is the intent of the book to argue towards this end What is clear from the first few chapters though is that he is also a Calvinist There are obvious reasons as to why his inclination towards Calvinist thought might surface so early in the exploration of his thought namely that it might appear that as a Calvinist his line of reasoning seems a bit unnecessary The theology of the elect does not reuire further arguments to address the moral and ethical uestions of the unevangelized and it would seem that the simple answer remains that God has simply chosen to set those people outside of His elect Interestingly though Tiessen goes on to suggest that synergists his term for those who tend towards the Arminian notion have both a greater tendency towards his adapted position accessibilism and a greater difficultly in answering it In one way a synergists rests their hope on God s saving will for all people But on the other hand they are explicitly bound by the human action of a clear belief and response There is a sense in which Tiessen is looking specifically to broaden the paramaters of Calvinist thought so as to reconsider the nature of the elect That is his argument towards accessibalism is one in which he hopes to show that God s election is perhaps not so appropriated to the paramaters that Calvinists tend to place regarding similar notions of public profession clear fruits and outward evidence And he makes an interesting argument I am not so convinced after having read the book that Tiessen s argument can fully be had from within a Calvinist perspective even if he has pushed me to consider his view from that position a bit differently That said he hits on all of the most difficult and relevant uestions Tending towards a synergist perspective myself I walked away with a greater realization of why these uestions matter in a discussion of salvation It is a difficult to speak to the reality that none of us can truly say that all people in the world have been eually presented with the Gospel and given an eual opportunity to respond to it And there are also challenges lest we simply make revisions in our theological constructs where we feel necessary in approaching infants and the mentally disabled If we are to make room for God s saving purpose to those who have not hear the Gospel what follows is that we are forced to let go of our grasp on what it precisely means to believe to publiclly profess and to have evidence of a relationship with God He reminds us all that a discussion of salvation is not so simple and this is something that should lead us back to God s sovereingty in all things It is humbling to let go of some presuppositions and assumptions to make room for some challenging thought Tiessen I believe effectively guides us to do this even if his own scope of argument is somewhat narrowed by his personal position I imagine that this book might be of greatest value to a Calvinist who is looking through some of these uestions themselves However from a synergists point of view one can easily form his argument in to our own positions of thoughts and struggles And I believe he brings it back to God s heart which as a synergists fits well to say that an accessible approach provides a greater means for seeing God s heart that all would be saved while also protecting against pluralist tendencies The Leopard Tree yet exclusively through Jesus Christ And if so what does this say about the role of religions within the sover. In his introduction Tiessen outlines some of the central and difficulty uestions that will motivate his exploration of the larger one who can be saved It is as the title suggtets a reassessing of salvation in Christ in the light of these uestions and the implications that the answers have on our approach to world religions Further though the uestions address a wider circle than that of world religions and apply directly to how we deal with the tricky ground of infants mentally disabled and the unevangelized Tiessen frames his central list of thesis to which he devotes a chapter to each by rejecting the three central tendencies of the argument exclusive inclusive and pluralist and instead sets his language within the paramaters of ecclesiocentricism salvation is in Jesus and only for those who hear the Gospel and respond agnosticism that salvation is only in Jesus but that we do not have clear indication of those who do not hear the Gospel accessibilism salvation only in Jesus but that we have hope in scripture for those who do not hear the Gospel religious instrumentalism Jesus is the only way but God works through other religions as well through Jesus and relativism that salvation is universally available in other religions Tiessen s own view is that of accesibilism and it is the intent of the book to argue towards this end What is clear from the first few chapters though is that he is also a Calvinist There are obvious reasons as to why his inclination towards Calvinist thought might surface so early in the exploration of his thought namely that it might appear that as a Calvinist his line of reasoning seems a bit unnecessary The theology of the elect does not reuire further arguments to address the moral and ethical uestions of the unevangelized and it would seem that the simple answer remains that God has simply chosen to set those people outside of His elect Interestingly though Tiessen goes on to suggest that synergists his term for those who tend towards the Arminian notion have both a greater tendency towards his adapted position accessibilism and a greater difficultly in answering it In one way a synergists rests their hope on God s saving will for all people But on the other hand they are explicitly bound by the human action of a clear belief and response There is a sense in which Tiessen is looking specifically to broaden the paramaters of Calvinist thought so as to reconsider the nature of the elect That is his argument towards accessibalism is one in which he hopes to show that God s election is perhaps not so appropriated to the paramaters that Calvinists tend to place regarding similar notions of public profession clear fruits and outward evidence And he makes an interesting argument I am not so convinced after having read the book that Tiessen s argument can fully be had from within a Calvinist perspective even if he has pushed me to consider his view from that position a bit differently That said he hits on all of the most difficult and relevant uestions Tending towards a synergist perspective myself I walked away with a greater realization of why these uestions matter in a discussion of salvation It is a difficult to speak to the reality that none of us can truly say that all people in the world have been eually presented with the Gospel and given an eual opportunity to respond to it And there are also challenges lest we simply make revisions in our theological constructs where we feel necessary in approaching infants and the mentally disabled If we are to make room for God s saving purpose to those who have not hear the Gospel what follows is that we are forced to let go of our grasp on what it precisely means to believe to publiclly profess and to have evidence of a relationship with God He reminds us all that a discussion of salvation is not so simple and this is something that should lead us back to God s sovereingty in all things It is humbling to let go of some presuppositions and assumptions to make room for some challenging thought Tiessen I believe effectively guides us to do this even if his own scope of argument is somewhat narrowed by his personal position I imagine that this book might be of greatest value to a Calvinist who is looking through some of these uestions themselves However from a synergists point of view one can easily form his argument in to our own positions of thoughts and struggles And I believe he brings it back to God s heart which as a synergists fits well to say that an accessible approach provides a greater means for seeing God s heart that all would be saved while also protecting against pluralist tendencies

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Terrance L. Tiessen ¶ 5 Read Free download ↠ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ¶ Terrance L. Tiessen Who Can Be Saved?: Reassessing Salvation in Christ and World Religions Free download ↠ 5 Eign providence of God These are big uestions reuiring thoughtful care In this intriguing study Terrance L Tiessen reassesses the uestions of salvation and the role of religions and offers a proposal that is biblically rooted theologically articulated and missiologically sensitive This is a book that will set new terms for the discussion of these important issues. While Tiessen appears to lay out an argument for what he calls a greater hope he actually presents a worldview that is inconsistent and unsustainable under critical analysis Also despite strong statements to the contrary his conclusions greatly undermine the evangelistic mandate of Christianity This book is based on his personal feelings and is a result of him being uncomfortable with certain aspects of orthodox Christian doctrine His arguments are neither biblically nor historically defensible

  • Paperback
  • 511
  • Who Can Be Saved?: Reassessing Salvation in Christ and World Religions
  • Terrance L. Tiessen
  • English
  • 19 July 2020
  • 9780830827473