Thursday, May 15, 2008

Gorringe on Salvation

Today I picked up a copy of Tim Gorringe’s little book, Salvation, in the ‘Thinking Things Through’ series. What a wonderful, stimulating, thought-provoking read. The first part is essentially, and rather uniquely, a script in which Gorringe presents two main characters: Rebecca, an evangelical, and Tom, an agnostic. Their discussions get right to the heart of issues with remarkable economy for such a genre, and each chapter ends with excellently worded ‘questions for discussion‘. I am really enjoying this little gem.

Gorringe used to lead one of my seminar groups in St Andrews, but at the time I was living in a very small theological world and thought the man a screaming heretic! Well, maybe not heretic, but I didn’t like the fact he didn’t live in my “individual sin-penal atonement-personal faith alone-heaven” schema. This book, among other things, helps shows why precisely that schema is inadequate!


At 5/16/2008 6:37 AM, Anonymous Edward T. Babinski said...

All "schemas" are simply "schemas."

Do new religious "schemas" of interpretation provide an adequate and sufficiently solid basis for "believing" in any of them?

And a related question:

"How do you know that which you claim to know?"

Visit the link below or google the above phrase along with "Babinski"

At 5/16/2008 7:49 AM, Anonymous JHG said...


Are there other books similar to this that you would suggest. I come out of a similar background that you described, and I have been struggling with this issue.


At 5/17/2008 10:33 PM, Anonymous Chris Tilling said...

Hi James, what subjects are you interested in exploring?

At 5/18/2008 12:42 AM, Anonymous JHG said...

I am going to buy the Gorringe book on salvation. I was curious what toher books your sould suggest along those lines. What helped you move from your more conservative/evangelical view of individual salvation to your current position?



At 6/05/2008 1:39 PM, Anonymous Ian Packer said...

Chris and James

Another interesting book on the subject is _What does It Mean to Be Saved?_ edited by John Stackhouse (Baker Academic)

I was hoping to do my PhD on a theology of technology and material culture... only to find that Gorringe had leapt ahead of me with his Theology of the Built Envronment: Justice, Empowerment, Redemption.

He's definitely a theologian worth grappling with.

Grace and peace

Australian Evangelical Alliance
Sydney, Australia


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