How do you decide how important a theological issue is? Does the mode of baptism warrant as much attention as the incarnation? Few would say so. But how do we know?
That’s the question Gregg Allison addresses at the beginning of his excellent book Strangers and Sojourners: The Doctrine of the Church, which I’ll be reviewing in full sometime soon. And although he argues that the doctrine of the church may not rate up there with things like the incarnation and the atonement, he still thinks it qualifies as a central theological issue. (Of course, since he just wrote an almost 500-page book on the subject, that really shouldn’t surprise us too much.)