Bassett & Greathouse, The Historical Development

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.

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