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The Christian's Highest Good (Vickers)

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Competing worldviews cast their impact on the church and the Christian confession. What does it mean to be a Christian in an age that threatens cultural dissolution? Related questions press on a calm consideration of the meaning of the Christian life. Who is Jesus Christ of whose salvific work the Christian confession depends? Why did Jesus Christ come into the world? What is to be said of the human condition following the Adamic fall, which, as John Milton says, "brought death into the world and all our woe"? What is the Christian's highest good, the grounds on which it has life-determining relevance, and what are its existential implications?

In this closely reasoned and biblically informed examination of those questions, Douglas Vickers concludes that the Christian's highest good exists in "fellowship with the Father." The practical and everyday significance of that fellowship is addressed at length, and the meaning and prospect of each Christian's eternal life is shown to be grounded in a vital and indissoluble union with Christ.


Table of Contents:

  1. The Issue Stated
  2. The Identity and Offices of Christ
  3. The Coming of Christ
  4. The Christian’s Highest Good
  5. The Propitiation and Intercession of Christ
  6.  Christian Distinctives
  7. Mind, Heart, and Will
  8. Abiding in Christ
  9. The Christian’s Prospect



Douglas Vickers (PhD, University of London) is Professor Emeritus of Economics at the University of Massachusetts. Among his recent titles in theology are Discovering the Christian Mind, The Cross, Being and Belief, and The Christian's Highest Good.



"In The Christian's Highest Good, Douglas Vickers addresses the current situation with his usual vigor and exposes the sources and directions of sub-biblical streams of thought. He directs the reader to reconsider the basic foundations of the Christian faith, the sovereignty of God, his declared salvific purpose in Christ, and the blessings of reconciliation and fellowship with God. This book deserves to be widely read for both the urgent importance of the issues it discusses and the clarity and challenge of its presentation." — Robert E. Davis, Senior Pastor, Draper's Valley Presbyterian Church, Draper, VA