Category: Theology


PREFACE TO MY NEW BOOK ON THE ATONEMENT

In March, my book The Atonement: A Biblical, Theological, and Historical Study of the Cross of Christ (Nashville: B&H Academic, 2019) is scheduled to be released (350 pages). Here is a portion of the preface:   The doctrine of the atonement of Christ is the heart of Christianity. The cross of Christ is the heart of the   …Continue Reading


MY EVANGELICAL THEOLOGICAL SOCIETY 2018 PAPER – “The Role of the Holy Spirit in the Atonement and its Application”

THE ROLE OF THE HOLY SPIRIT IN THE ATONEMENT AND ITS APPLICATION        David L. Allen Dean, School of Preaching Distinguished Professor of Preaching Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary Fort Worth, Texas (Draft only)   Introduction. While the NT is replete with references that speak to the role of the Holy Spirit in the application   …Continue Reading


“Claims, Clarity, Charity – Why the Traditional Baptist Statement on Soteriology is not and cannot be Semipelagian.”

“Claims, Clarity, Charity – Why the Traditional Baptist Statement on Soteriology is not and cannot be Semipelagian.” David L. Allen Dean, School of Preaching Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary Distinguished Professor of Preaching George W. Truett Chair of Pastoral Ministry   Periodically over the past couple of years I read a post at “The Baptist Review”   …Continue Reading


AUGUSTINE AND PROSPER: DID THEY EVER HOLD TO LIMITED ATONEMENT?

This article is actually intended as a response in a comment thread on “The Baptist Review” on Facebook, Thursday, June 29, 11:04 am. Due to the length of the response, it is not feasible to incorporate it in a comment on Facebook, so I am posting it here and linking to this page in a new post   …Continue Reading


New Book “The Extent of the Atonement: A Historical and Critical Review”

The Extent of the Atonement: A Historical and Critical Review. Nashville: B&H Academic, 2016. The extent of Christ’s atoning work on the cross is one of the most divisive issues in evangelical Christianity. In The Extent of the Atonement: A Historical and Critical Review, David L. Allen makes a biblical, historical, theological, and practical case for   …Continue Reading


New Book: “Anyone Can be Saved!”

Anyone Can be Saved: A Defense of “Traditional” Southern Baptist Soteriology (Wipf & Stock, 2016) Anyone Can Be Saved articulates a biblical-theological explanation of the doctrine of salvation in light of the rise of Calvinistic theology among Southern Baptist churches in the United States. Ten scholars, pastors, and leaders advocate for the ten articles of   …Continue Reading


A Word to Seminary Students about Theology and Preaching

Amassing intellectual capital is an important part of Seminary training. In ministry, you’re going to need all you can lay your hands on! However, those of us who have been around the block a few times know that you cannot survive in ministry off that capital alone. Since you are constantly making withdrawals, you have   …Continue Reading


AN EXCERPT FROM MY FORTHCOMING BOOK ON “THE EXTENT OF THE ATONEMENT”

NOTE:  My book entitled The Extent of the Atonement: History and Critique (B&H Academic) will be published digitally June 1 and in print version by November 1. It will weigh in at appx. 850 pages and address the subject historically, biblically, theologically, and practically. The book is a significant expansion of my chapter “The Atonement:   …Continue Reading


WHY INERRANCY MATTERS IN PREACHING!

Fifteen years ago, I wrote about the negative impact a low view of biblical authority, rejection of propositional communication, and the focus on creating an experience, had on preaching. (David L. Allen, “A Tale of Two Roads: Homiletics and Biblical Authority,” Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society 43.3 [2000]: 489-515.) For example, David Butrick, in A   …Continue Reading


ANDREW FULLER, UNIVERSAL ATONEMENT, AND THE FREE OFFER OF THE GOSPEL

NOTE: This is a portion of my Evangelical Theological Society paper “Andrew Fuller: Particular Redemptionist who Held to Unlimited Atonement.” Fuller was a very important English Baptist (d. 1815) who had enormous impact on Baptists in America. Fuller’s debates with General Baptist Dan Taylor also concerned the grounds necessary for the free offer of the   …Continue Reading