Across the Spectrum, 2nd Edition

Understanding Issues in Evangelical Theology

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Evangelical thinkers in recent years have thrust differing and sometimes nontraditional views on the doctrine of God, the composition of the human person, and the nature of hell into the spotlight.

Across the Spectrum,
written by Bethel College theologians Gregory Boyd and Paul Eddy, offers a service to the church by carefully examining the various positions taken by evangelical scholars on eighteen seminal issues--both classic concerns and those of more contemporary interests. Rather than taking sides, however, the authors give readers the resources they need to make up their own minds.

Among the many topics discussed are baptism, the nature of the self, the foreknowledge and providence of God, the interpretation of Genesis 1-2, the destiny of the unevangelized, and the nature of hell.

In the spirit of the popular four-views books, Boyd and Eddy carefully lay out the biblical, theological, and philosophical arguments for each position and then discuss possible objections. Each chapter also includes a bibliography. A helpful appendix touches on nine additional issues.

Across the Spectrum
will surely be an indispensable resource for students, professors, pastors, and anyone who wants to make sense of the issues facing today's church.


"The authors have done a great service by bringing together in one volume an eminently useful summary of the main theological debates within evangelicalism. The chapters provide biblical and theological support for each position and demonstrate how each view answers the principle objections raised against it. The presentations are relevant, up-to-date, and incredibly evenhanded (no view is downplayed or criticized). Professors from all perspectives will find this work extremely helpful for introducing students to the issues in an unbiased manner. Beginners will benefit from the clear writing, glossary, and suggestions for further reading. This is a tremendous educational resource."-John Sanders, professor of philosophy and religion, Huntington College

"A collective sigh of relief will arise from the evangelical student body when it discovers this book! Across the Spectrum more than satisfies a felt need in evangelical scholarship. It helpfully and critically surveys the many legitimate evangelical theological options and convincingly demonstrates that there is no single authentically evangelical viewpoint on a wide range of controversial issues. It constitutes a small library between two covers." -Roger E. Olson, professor of theology, George W. Truett Theological Seminary (Baylor University)

"Some people think that all evangelicals are alike. Greg Boyd and Paul Eddy have provided students with a brief handbook of current issues in evangelical theology that explodes that stereotype. They have written a helpful and authoritative guide to the wide range of evangelical opinion in theology today. This volume will be a good companion to the typical introductory theology book."--Alan G. Padgett, Luther Seminary

"Christians who want to understand the differences of conviction that exist among evangelical theologians will profit greatly from Boyd and Eddy's work. Boyd and Eddy demonstrate a fine knowledge of the major issues that divide evangelicals and offer a concise, evenhanded presentation of the options proposed. The book will enable readers to reach their own biblically informed conclusions on these issues, to understand better why other evangelicals disagree with them, and to identify the central truths that are mutually affirmed."--Terry Tiessen, Providence Theological Seminary

"I've been waiting for this book for some time. Due to its brief, nontechnical format, it can be used in a variety of ways in undergraduate theology courses. Although a concise volume, it succinctly outlines multiple arguments, both pro and con, for (incredibly!) over two dozen issues in disputed, largely non-fundamental areas of doctrine. The professor can present positions in favor of particular views or leave the issues open. I just found what I have needed for years. It's settled-I'm requiring it!"--Gary R. Habermas, Liberty University

"At a time when some are tempted to mistake the white light of evangelical orthodoxy for a single band in the spectrum, Boyd and Eddy remind us just how colorful evangelical theology can be. The authors do what no book on the market does: In one volume they faithfully present divergent views on the crucial issues that divide evangelicals, and they do so in an unbiased, succinct, and lively manner. This book is perfect as a supplemental text in an introductory theology course or as a manual for church study groups. It will help everyone arrive at his or her own conclusions within the parameters of the evangelical tradition."-Dennis Okholm, professor of theology, Wheaton College

The Authors

  1. Gregory A. Boyd
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    Gregory A. Boyd

    Gregory A. Boyd (PhD, Princeton Theological Seminary), formerly professor of theology at Bethel University, is senior pastor of Woodland Hills Church in St. Paul, Minnesota, where average attendance has grown to 5,000 since he helped plant the church in 1992....

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  2. Paul R. Eddy

    Paul R. Eddy

    Paul Rhodes Eddy (PhD, Marquette University) is professor of biblical and theological studies at Bethel University in St. Paul, Minnesota. He is the author, coauthor, or editor of a number of books, including Across the Spectrum. Eddy is the...

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  3. Paul Rhodes Eddy

    Paul Rhodes Eddy

    Paul Rhodes Eddy (PhD, Marquette University) is professor of biblical and theological studies at Bethel University in St. Paul, Minnesota. He is the author, coauthor, or editor of a number of books, including Across the Spectrum. Eddy is the...

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"This is an excellent mind-stretcher."-Church Libraries

"Those looking for a text that exemplifies the shades of difference and peculiar accents current in evangelical theology will find this book very useful. . . . Given the target reader as an undergraduate student, the strength of the book lies in its tone and format (debate as argument and rebuttal). . . . Exhibit[s] the potential for meaningful classroom engagement."--Douglas R. Sharp, Review and Expositor

"One of the more scholarly books written to give expression and encouragement to this [evangelical] diversity....The range of topics covered is fascinating." --Mark D. Thompson, The Briefing

"Across the Spectrum succeeds with distinction in at least two respects. First, it represents a very useful tool for those who wish to begin grappling with different approaches to difficult theological problems. The book will be most helpful to beginning students in evangelical theology, the target audience. Second, the work presents various perspectives in fair and unbiased tones. . . . One of the greatest strengths of the book is the evenhanded approach. . . . This well-written book is a helpful tool. If used with care, it will repeatedly reward the reader with its fair and even treatment of different theological views."--Nathan D. Holsteen, Bibliotheca Sacra