Turning to God Paperback
Reclaiming Christian Conversion as Unique, Necessary, and Supernatural
by David F. Wells;
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Marvel at the mystery of why and how people turn to God and what conversion really means for Christians.
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Turning to God
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‘Turning To God’ questions the age old skepticisms of religious conversion – is it necessary? Is it biblical? Or is it simply something the church has adopted into mainstream thought?
David F. Wells tackles this challenging question head on, with biblical strength and religious humility. He successfully compares Christianity with the other major religions, making the striking observation that salvation and conversion make Christianity unique.
Laying all the facts on the table, this book offers a very balanced and thought-out discussion on Christian conversion mapping its history, scriptural grounding and the controversy surrounding it. Those who want to better understand this fundamental process will find this read to be enlightening and challenging.
Turning to God by David F. Wells was published by Baker in May 2012 and is our 32475th best seller. The ISBN for Turning to God is 9780801097003.
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Turning to GodDavid Ford, via The Good Book Stall
The emphasis of this book on conversion is clearly betrayed by the sub-title. David Wells is unrepentant in the narrowness and exclusive nature of his understanding of Christian conversion. As a priest who experiences conversion on a daily basis and is frequently brought closer to God by the divine working through non-Christians (including those of other faiths) Wells’ book is always challenging, but sometimes offensive.
Wells’ perspective is premised on an understanding of Christianity that is tightly aligned to a Western, capitalist and evangelical world-view rooted in a conservative reading of scripture. I find it hard, for instance, to keep reading a book that describes other faith traditions as the enemy of Christianity.
Yet for all this, Wells has a point that should be heard. The experience of conversion is the exclusive work of God (grace), it is unique (to the experience of the individual believer) and it is culturally contextual. Furthermore, it cannot be separated from the question of discipleship. ‘The test of conversion is a life of convertedness’. Above all, it is not about us, but about God.
All this would be affirmed by a majority of Christians. What a shame then that Wells must frame an otherwise helpful contribution to the missionary task of the church in language that is at times arrogant, presumptuous and negative towards cultures and traditions other than his own. The God I believe in is far bigger than this.
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Turning to God explores these fundamental questions about regeneration and conversion, distinguishing Christianity from every other faith as one in which conversion is unique, supernatural, and necessary for salvation. In it you will find a clear, thoughtful, balanced discussion of the Christian conversion experience, including its history, controversy, and scriptural basis.
Anyone who has marveled at the mystery of how and why we turn to God, along with those skeptical of religious conversion, will find themselves challenged and encouraged by this thorough treatment of one of the fundamentals of the Christian faith.
Forward by S. Douglas Birdsall
1. Christian Conversion
3. How and Why We Turn
4. The Church’s View of Conversion
5. Religious Outsiders: Jews and Muslims
6. Religious Outsiders: Hindus and Buddhists
7. Materialistic Outsiders
8. Into the Future
Details for Turning to God
|Page last updated||27th July 2016|
|Author / Artist||David F. Wells|
|Publisher||Baker (May 2012)|
|Number of Pages||192|