A Work in Progress…..
In putting together these statements I have realized the indebtedness of my theology on several key figures and sources. Not wanting to steal anyone’s thoughts, but to some degree unable to systematically footnote where exactly the various opinions and ideas originated, I have included this list. The following sources were either consulted in putting together this statement, or have been so well used in my determination of beliefs in this field that I must give some credit to them, even if I cannot quote chapter and verse their influence.
Barth, Karl. Church Dogmatics: A Selection. Selection and Introduction by Helmet Gollwitzer. Westminster, John Knox Press ( Louisville, Kent.), 1994.
The work of Barth is relatively new to my theological construction and represents an on-going and falteringly attempt to synthesize in a vaguely Hegelian way some of Barth’s ideas of the importance of relationship with the baggage of a Charismatic-Pentecostal heritage. I recognize the importance and tremendously important idea of the Spirit’s work in revealing God through Christ. This is definitely a work in progress.
Erickson, Millard. Christian Theology. 2nd Edition. Baker Books (Grand Rapids, Mich.), 1998.
Grenz, Stanley. Theology for the Community of God. Broadman and Holman Press (Nashville, Tenn.), 1994.
Along with work of Humphries, most responsible for understanding of work of God in creating a community of the faithful.
Grudem, Wayne. Systematic Theology: An Introduction to Biblical Doctrine. Zondervan Publishing (Grand Rapids, Mich.), 1994.
Hoekema, Anthony A. Created in God’s Image. William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co. (Grand Rapids, Mich.), 1994.
Important for concept of humanity as “created being” and understanding just what that means for the lives of all people.
Humphries, Fisher. Thinking about God: An Introduction to Christian Theology. Insight Press (New Orleans), 1974.
Maddox, Randy. Responsible Grace: John Wesley’s Practical Theology. Kingswood Books (Nashville, Tenn.), 1994.
My theology is increasingly indebted to John Wesley. Since Wesley the pastor did not leave behind a systematic theology, I am indebted to the kind works of others who have attempted to summarize his ideas. Of particular use for this paper was Maddox’s discussion of the Wesleyan Quadrilateral which posited the idea that scripture, reason, tradition, and experience form the background of the Christian faith. Also of use to this statement is the assertion that the revelation of God works on a continuum of progressive revelation.
Williams, J. Rodman. Renewal Theology. Systematic Theology from a Charismatic Perspective in 3 Volumes. Zondervan Publishing (Grand Rapids, Mich.), 1988.
Particularly important to this study is William’s assertion of three distinct genres of God’s revelation. The overall structure of my statement is directly pulled from William’s nomenclature.
* Section of sin used St Augustine’s concept of heti and eti (love and use).
** Section on God’s nature uses proof of God widely attributed to St Anselm—God is that which no one greater can be imagined.
*** Also consulted and used for purposes of both providing content and for providing ideas on the form of the document was the teaching documents of my denomination, the Theological and Philosophical Statements: Association of Vineyard Churches, USA, and teaching document The Shorter Catechism (with Scriptural proofs).
Specific Sources on Revelation:
Demerest, B.A. “Revelation, General.” Evangelical Dictionary of Theology. Walter Elwell, ed. Baker Books (Grand Rapids, Mich.): 1984, 944-5.
Henry, C.F.H. “Revelation, Special.” Evangelical Dictionary of Theology. Walter Elwell, ed. Baker Books (Grand Rapids, Mich.): 1984, 945-948.
Specific Sources for God, and Creation:
Beck, James and Bruce Demarest. The Human Person in Theology and Psychology: A Biblical Anthropology for the Twenty-First Century. Kregel (Grand Rapids, Mich.), 2005.
Very helpful in understanding the 4 prongs of humanity’s relationships.
Boyd, Gregory. Is God to Blame: Moving Beyond Pat Answers to the Problem of Evil. InterVarsity Press (Downers Grove, Ill.), 2003.
Perhaps the solitary negative reference here. Thinking through his challenges to the orthodox defense of evil helped me better frame and understand my own position. Reading him helped me realize that value of thinking through how God’s choice of created worlds plays a prominent role in our theologies of God and evil.
Feinberg, John. The Many Faces of Evil: Theological Systems and the Problem of Evil. Zondervan (Grand Rapids, Mich.), 1994.
Used his argument as a measuring stick for creating a logical and consistent (hopefully) argument here.
Inwagen, Peter van. The Problem of Evil. Clarendon Press (Oxford), 2006.
His exquisite discussion of the nature of God framed and informed my own discussion of God’s essential nature. Furthermore his discussion of the Free Will defense against the argument from evil was very helpful in helping me set up the terms so as to present a hopefully logical and consistent understanding of the apparent contradiction between the existence of a perfect and all-knowing God, and the existence of an evil world.
Mantzaridis, Georgios. The Deification of Man: St Gregory Palamas and the Orthodox Tradition. . Liadain Sherrard, trans. St Vladimir’s Press (Crestwood, NY), 1984.
The understanding of the imago dei and sin is vastly different and provides an ‘orthodox’ understanding of relational theology which have used as a counterbalance to Barth’s liberal reworking of the relational image.
Runyon, Theodore. The New Creation: John Wesley’s Theology Today. Abingdon Press (Nashville, Tenn.), 1998.
Used his excellent discussion of the imago dei, particularly his breaking it up the 3 types of image.
Specific Sources on Christ and Salvation:
Dieter, Melvin, Anthony Hoekema, Stanley Horton, J. Robertson McQuilken, John F. Walvoord. Five Views on Sanctification. Stanley Grundley, series editor. (Grand Rapids, Mich.: Zondervan), 1987.
Free and Fulfilled: Victorious Christian Living in the Twentyfirst Century. J. Robertson McQuilkin, compiler and ed.
Specific Sources on The Spirit and The Church:
Bonhoeffer, Dietrich. Cost of Discipleship. Revised Edition. Translated by Nachfolege. Macmillian Publishing Group: New York; 1963.
Dieter, Marvin. “The Wesleyan Perspective.” Five Views on Sanctification.. Academie Books: Grand Rapids, Mich.; 1987.
Hayford, Jack. “Victorious Christian Living from a Charismatic Perspective.” Free and Fulfilled: Victorious Living in the 21st Century. Robertson McQuilkin, ed. Thomas Nelson Publishers: Nashville, Tenn.; 1997.
Horton, Stanley. ”The Pentecostal Perspective.” Five Views on Sanctification. Academie Books: Grand Rapids, Mich.; 1987.
Kinlaw, Dennis. “Victorious Christian Living from a Wesleyan Perspective.” Free and Fulfilled: Victorious Living in the 21st Century. Robertson McQuilkin, ed. Thomas Nelson Publishers: Nashville, Tenn.; 1997.
Ladd, George Eldon. The Gospel of the Kingdom: Scriptural Studies in the Kingdom of God. Eerdmans: Grand Rapids, Mich.; 1959.
Morphew, Derek. Breakthrough. Discover the Kingdom. Vineyard International Publishing: Capetown, South Africa; 1991.
Nathan, Rich. Who Is My Enemy: Welcoming People the Church Rejects. Zondervan; Grand Rapids, Mich,; 2002.
Nathan, Rich, and Ken Wilson. Empowered Evangelicals. Bringing Together the Best of the Charismatic and Evangelical Worlds. Servant Publications: Ann Arbor, Mich.; 1995.
Olford, Stephen. “The Message of Keswick: Preaching the Victorious Life.” Free and Fulfilled: Victorious Living in the 21st Century. Robertson McQuilkin, ed. Thomas Nelson Publishers: Nashville, Tenn.; 1997.
Robertson, J. “The Keswick Perspective.” Five Views on Sanctification. Academie Books: Grand Rapids, Mich.; 1987.
White, John. When the Spirit Comes in Power. Signs and Wonders Among God’s People. Intervarsity Press: Downers Grove, Ill.; 1988.
Wimber, John with Kevin Springer. Power Healing. Harper and Row, San Francisco; 1987.
——— Power Evangelism. Harper and Row, San Francisco; 1986.