Walk in any Christian bookstore and you’ll have no problem finding a book on heaven. We have devoted an entire section in the store to the topic. Now with a major motion picture the it seems everyone is talking about heaven. When I met with my Crossway rep this week he showed me a new book coming out in the Theology in Community series. D.A. Carson has said this about the series:
“I do not know another series quite like Theology in Community. Each volume is grounded in both the Old and New Testaments, and then goes on to wrestle with the way the chosen theme has been developed in history, shaped the lives of men and women, and fits in the scheme of confessionally strong Christian theology. The volumes are characterized by rigor and reverence and, better yet, they remain accessible to all serious readers. If we are to pursue more than unintegrated biblical data, but what Paul calls ‘the pattern of sound teaching,’ this is an excellent place to begin.”
The latest entry in the series is entitled Heaven and is edited by Christopher W. Morgan and Robert A. Peterson. Here’s the catalog description:
“Our culture has a lot to say about heaven. But too much of it is based more on imaginative speculation or ‘supernatural’ experiences than on the Bible itself. In the latest addition to the Theology in Community series, Christopher Morgan and Robert Peterson have assembled an interdisciplinary team of evangelical scholars to explore the doctrine of heaven from a variety of angles. Among other contributors, Ray Ortlund examines the concept of heaven in the Old Testament, Gerald Bray explores the history of theological reflection about heaven, and Ajith Fernando looks at persecuted saints’ special relationship to heaven in the New Testament. This team of first rate scholars offers modern readers a comprehensive overview of this often misunderstood topic—shedding biblical light on the eternal hope of all Christians.”
This will be an excellent evangelical contribution to a hot topic. Watch for it in September. It will be a paperback with 256 pages and sell for $18.99.
Christopher W. Morgan (PhD, MidAmerican Baptist Theological Seminary) is professor of theology and dean of the School of Christian Ministries at California Baptist University.
Robert A. Peterson (PhD, Drew University) is professor of systematic theology at Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri.