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Diogenes Allen: Theology for a Troubled Believer

The final section, “Responding to God,” contains Allen’s exposition of the church—a colony of heaven, which I found particularly thought-provoking and helpful. Yet, his discussion of the sacraments, while insightful and instructive, seemed so different from the rest of book as not to fit. Many readers will undoubtedly find his discussion of “Sin, Evil, and Hope for the Future,” uncomfortable, at least. While his assertions regarding the relative power and the nature of sin are valuable, many will find his challenge of the necessity and actuality of Adam and Eve as the historical progenitors of the human race beyond what they may feel is acceptable. Regrettably, many may miss out on the value of this chapter (if not the value of the entire book) due to this concern.

Reviewed by Bernie A. Van De Walle

Editor’s note: Diogenes Allen died on January 13, 2013, at age 80.

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Category: In Depth, Pneuma Review, Winter 2012

About the Author: Bernie A. Van De Walle, Ph.D. (Drew University), is Professor of Historical and Systematic Theology and theology program convener at Ambrose University College in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. He is the author of The Heart of the Gospel: A. B. Simpson, the Fourfold Gospel, and Late Nineteenth-Century Evangelical Theology (2009), Rethinking Holiness: A Theological Introduction (2017), and contributor to other works including The Spirit Renews the Face of the Earth: Pentecostal Forays in Science and Theology of Creation (2009), Dictionary of Christian Spirituality (2011), and The Holy River of God: Currents and Contributions of the Wesleyan Holiness Stream of Christianity (2016). He has served as the President of the Christian Theological Research Fellowship and sits on the Steering Committee of the Wesleyan Holiness Connection. Amazon Author page

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