I have been having a bunch of conversations with fellow pastors about holiness theology and its interaction in a postmodern world, so when I saw this book on Amazon, I picked it up. I had pretty high expectations, but perhaps too high. It has editors from the Nazarenes and chapters written by various authors. Then, Leonard Sweet writes up conclusions to each section. These are good, but no new themes emerge.
What I really didn’t like was that there was no indication as to who these various authors were. They just gave titles for their chapter and a name – no frame of reference or anything. Do they think I’m going to google each one of these people? It felt like the Nazarenes had written an in house book and I had stumbled into a private conversation by reading it.
I wouldn’t suggest anyone outside of that conversation spend time with this book. And if you really want to read it, let me know, you can have my copy.
Here’s what I’m reading in January 2011. Really, this post is just for me, to help me keep organized:
- Finishing Exploring Christian Holiness, Historical Development
- Finishing Postmodern and Wesleyan
- Finishing Gladwell’s Tipping Point
- Re-Reading Creasy-Dean’s Practicing Passion
- Yaconelli, Growing Souls
- Yaconelli, Contemplative Youth Ministry
- Jay-Z, Decoded (finish in February)
Bassett and Greathouse have written the second volume of the Exploring Christian Holiness series. I read the first and third volumes during my seminary time and was now interested in this one. I rather enjoy seeing the development of theology in a historical context. It’s amazing to me how some of the things people held as true in the past, we see as complete heresy and they would think the same of us today.
So, the book traces holiness theology from the Apostolic Fathers to H. Orton Wiley. Wiley died in 1961, so this book makes no effort to talk about holiness theology of the last 50 years.
The book was disappointing in that it traced higlights and not developments. It didn’t do a great job of showing how the views on holiness grew out of each other. It’s focus was on highlighting important characters in history and finding what they thought of holiness. I only marked two pages, when normally I am a page marking machine. So, in case your wondering, unless you see a copy of this in a used book store for two bucks and your really want to have the complete series, it’s not worth much.