Understanding Spiritual Warfare offers four positions on the subject in dialogical fashion—all authors present their views and then respond to each of the other views. Each contributor interacts with the following questions: What is the nature of Satan and the demonic? What role does spiritual warfare serve in the Bible and how central is it to the biblical narrative? How should Christians conceive of and practice spiritual warfare? Can individual human beings be “demonized,” and if so, how does this happen and how is it to be dealt with? Can a Christian be demonized? And do “territorial spirits” exist? If so, are we called directly to engage them in “strategic level” spiritual warfare?
This volume provides a balanced, irenic approach to a much-discussed and often controversial topic. Offering a model of critical thinking and respectful dialogue, it highlights the differences between contributors, discusses a full range of important topics on the subject, and deploys biblical as well as theological arguments. The book can serve as a text in courses relating to theology, missions, practical theology, and spiritual warfare and will be of interest to pastors and church leaders.
This illuminating book helps readers sort through the plethora of approaches to spiritual warfare. Positions exist in addition to the four explored here, but the range offered is informative and will help the reader sort through why he or she agrees or disagrees on various points. Anyone who wants to understand and hear the case for various positions should start here.
—Craig Keener, professor of New Testament, Asbury Theological Seminary
Finally we have a theological, biblical, and multidisciplinary assessment of spiritual warfare, a topic which continues to divide and inspire many Christians. Here is a resource that helps put the dominant hermeneutical and spiritual orientations in perspective. The choice of topic and contributors is bold and innovative and the editors’ introduction is brilliant. Talk about a dynamic dialogue! Highly recommended.
—Veli-Matti Kärkkäinen, professor of systematic theology, Fuller Theological Seminary
James K. Beilby earned his PhD from Marquette University and is currently professor of systematic and philosophical theology at Bethel University in St. Paul, Minnesota. He has coedited four multiview volumes and is the author or editor of a number of other books, including For Faith and Clarity: Philosophical Contributions to Christian Theology.
Paul Rhodes Eddy earned his PhD from Marquette University and is professor of biblical and theological studies at Bethel University in St. Paul, Minnesota. He has coedited four multiview volumes and is the author or editor of a number of other books, including The Jesus Legend and Across the Spectrum, 2nd Edition: Understanding Issues in Evangelical Theology.