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When Doctrine Divides the People of God: An Evangelical Approach to Theological Diversity PB

When Doctrine Divides the People of God: An Evangelical Approach to Theological Diversity PB

By: Rhyne R. Putman

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Publisher Crossway
Year 2020
ISBN 9781433567872

An Excellent Study on Christian Unity and Doctrinal Diversity

"This helpful book will encourage Christians to hold their convictions with greater irenicism, humility, awareness, and wisdom.”
Gavin Ortlund, Senior Pastor, First Baptist Church of Ojai; author, Finding the Right Hills to Die On

As evangelicals, we desire to be biblical—we want our doctrine to be rooted in the Bible, our lives to be guided by the Bible, and our disagreements to be resolved by the Bible. And yet, conflicts within our church communities continue to appear and seemingly multiply with time. Interpretations of the Bible and deeply held convictions often put Christians at odds. Encouraging us toward grace in disagreement and firmness in truth, Rhyne Putman reflects on how Christians can maintain the biblical call for unity despite having genuine disagreements.



Rhyne R. Putman

Rhyne R. Putman (PhD, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary) is an associate professor of theology and culture at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, where he has served since 2010. He is the pastor of preaching and vision at First Baptist Church in Kenner, Louisiana, and has published multiple volumes and articles, such as The Method of Christian Theology and In Defense of Doctrine. Rhyne and his wife, Micah, currently reside in New Orleans together with their two children.


Table of Contents

Foreword by David S. Dockery
Introduction: When Doctrine Divides the People of God

Part 1: Why We Disagree about Doctrine
1. We Read Imperfectly: General Hermeneutics and the Clarity of Scripture
2. We Read Differently: The Contribution of Exegesis and Hermeneutics to Theological Diversity
3. We Reason Differently: The Role of Guesswork in Interpretation
4. We Feel Differently: The Role of Emotions in Theological Diversity
5. We Have Different Biases: Tradition, Belief, and Confirmation Bias

Part 2: What We Should Do about Doctrinal Disagreement
6. When Should We Change Our Minds?: Insights from the Epistemology of Disagreement
7. When Should Doctrine Divide Us?: On Theological Boundary-Making
8. How Then Shall We Disagree?: Lessons from Whitefield and Wesley

General Index
Scripture Index


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