Chow writes a chapter on theological concerns, and his final chapter emphasizes Byzantine Eastern Orthodoxy, with its synergism and theosis, as a valid alternative to what he considers the divine monergism
of Augustinian-Reformed theology.
The central concern behind monergism, highlighted in the debate between Augustine and Pelagius (itself a continual point of reference for the reformers; e.
It is unclear how Luther's monergism fits with his idea that God changes our hearts by presenting himself in Christ as a lovable God--an idea that shows up with some frequency in Luther's writing (e.
Luther's views on the bondage of the will contribute to his monergism negatively, by eliminating the possibility of a human contribution to conversion.
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In over 300 entries, Gonzalez explains the essential people, schools of thought, concepts and theories, and applications of Christian theology, including the differences among monotheism, monergism
, and monism, why parousia will not necessarily lead to paradise, and the relationship between expiation and reconciliation.
In his effort to limit the discussion to Augustine's soteriology, he devotes most of the chapter to a very thorough discussion of Augustine's concepts of liberty and freedom and his monergism
Elsewhere, Holl's successors Emanuel Hirsch and Erich Vogelsang reaffirmed monergism
, God's total and exclusive power.
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The assumption of monergism forces Zehnder to depart from his correlational model whenever the findings of social science contradict that central tenet.
For any Christian tradition for which monergism and election are not the central preoccupations, the question is not a live one and an opportunity has been missed.
In sum, readers who are not concerned with the theological problems implied by monergism, or who are inclined to see salvation as a human choice as well as a divine choice, are not likely to find the theological issues discussed in this book to be live questions.