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Perfection and Perfectionism: A Dogmatic Ethical Study of Biblical Perfection and Phenomenal Perfectionism

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Discover the meanings of both divine and human perfection in history, philosophy, and specifically theology. In what was originally published as his doctoral dissertation, Seventh-day Adventist theologian and scholar Hans K. LaRondelle discusses the interpretations and implications of the word “perfection.” Including over 300 pages of analysis, Perfection and Perfectionism is a detailed examination of sin and holiness in both the Old and New Testaments, and of historical perspectives on these important issues.

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  • Explores the implications of the term “perfection”
  • Examines sin and holiness through 300 pages of analysis
  • Surveys both the Old and New Testaments
  • Offers historical perspectives on the theological issues addressed
  • Orientation
  • The Distinctive Idea of Divine Perfection in the Old Testament
  • The Distinctive Idea of Human Perfection in the Old Testament
    • Human Perfection in Israel’s Protology
    • Human Perfection in Israel’s Cultus and Ethos
      • Christ and the Apostolic Ethos of Perfection
        • Christ and Perfection
        • The Cultic Qualification of the Apostolic Ethos of Perfection and Holiness
        • Christian Perfection and Sinlessness
      • An Analysis and an Evaluation of Phenomenal Perfectionism

Top Highlights

“perfectionism by definition denotes the deterioration and deformation of Biblical or Christian perfection.” (Page 3)

“Therefore Yahweh’s perfection means His saving and sanctifying will to remain in fellowship and communion with His covenant people and through them with the world. And since ‘love’ is the will to communion and intercourse, God’s perfection may be called His constant redeeming love, His perfect or steadfast love (ḥesed) which again is normed by His covenant.” (Page 43)

“the Old Testament Yahweh Himself is the norm of perfection, righteousness, truth, mercy and grace” (Page 39)

“but to the dynamic world of God’s actions and the concrete revelation of His will.” (Page 40)

“was not to change man ethically, but to change the gods themselves” (Page 5)

  • Title: Perfection and Perfectionism: A Dogmatic Ethical Study of Biblical Perfection and Phenomenal Perfectionism
  • Author: Hans K. LaRondelle
  • Publisher: Andrews University Press
  • Publication Date: 1971
  • Pages: 371
  • Christian Group: Seventh-day Adventist
  • Resource Type: Monograph
  • Topic: Theology

Hans K. LaRondelle (1929–2011) was professor of theology at Andrews University (SDA) in Berrien Springs, Michigan. Born and educated in Holland, he attended Utrecht State University and then completed a ThD in systematic theology at the Reformed Free University in Amsterdam. He is also the author of How to Understand the End-Time Prophecies of the Bible: A Biblical-Contextual Approach, The Israel of God in Prophecy: Principles of Prophetic Interpretation, Our Creator Redeemer: An Introduction to Biblical Covenant Theology, and coauthor of The Bible Jesus Interpreted: Seeing Jesus in the Old Testament.


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    Excellent option for study on the subject of Christian perfection.


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