Those looking for a thoughtful, biblical response to the issue of inclusivism (in its various forms) should check out the book Faith Comes by Hearing: A Response to Inclusivism, edited by Christopher Morgan and Robert Peterson (IVP, 2008). “Inclusivism,” broadly speaking, is the idea that salvation only comes through Jesus’ work but that it is not necessary to hear the gospel in order to be saved.

Below are the table of contents and some of the endorsements:

  1. Introduction, by Robert A. Peterson
  2. Inclusivisms and Exclusivisms, by Christopher W. Morgan
  3. General Revelation: Sufficient or Insufficient? by Daniel Strange
  4. Exclusivism: Unjust or Just? by William Edgar
  5. Other Religions: Saving or Secular? by Eckhard J. Schnabel
  6. Holy Pagans: Reality or Myth? by Walter C. Kaiser, Jr.
  7. Saving Faith: Implicit or Explicit? by Stephen J. Wellum
  8. Inclusivism versus Exclusivism on Key Biblical Texts, by Robert A. Peterson
  9. The Gospel for All Nations by Andreas J. Kostenberger
  10. God’s Zeal for His World by J. Nelson Jennings
  11. Answers to Notable Questions by Christopher W. Morgan and Robert A. Peterson

“For those who are more interested in faithful alignment with what Scripture says than in sentimentality on this extraordinarily challenging subject, this is now the book to read. Courteous in tone yet thoroughly engaged with those who take contrary positions, the contributors lead us with exegetical care, theological poise and pastoral sensitivity through a thicket of common objections. I warmly recommend this book.”
D. A. Carson, Research Professor of New Testament, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

“No greater challenge faces the church of Jesus Christ than religious inclusivism—the belief that sincere people of many religions have enough truth to be saved from spiritual ruin. In an age of tolerance for all that does not seem to hurt or inhibit, no note sounds more discordant than an exclusivistic requirement of faith in Jesus Christ. Yet—with patience, respect and biblical rigor—Morgan, Peterson et al. show such an exclusive claim is in the Bible. Nothing could be more insensitive and arrogant than repeating this claim—unless it is true. Then, nothing could be more gracious and necessary than this book’s message.”
Bryan Chapell, President, Covenant Theological Seminary

“The fate of those who have never heard the gospel is one of the great mysteries of our faith. Christians have long speculated about whether and how God may have spoken to those who have not been exposed to the church’s preaching of salvation through Christ alone. This book deals respectfully with the different views of the subject which are found among evangelical believers while seeking to remain faithful to the teaching of Jesus himself. It is a model of how we should discuss such a delicate matter and come to a decision which upholds the uniqueness of the one and only Savior of mankind.”
Gerald Bray, Research Professor, Beeson Divinity School

“These thoughtful, irenic and informed essays provide an important response to more ‘inclusivist’ perspectives on the question of the destiny of the unevangelized. This is a helpful contribution to a complex and controversial set of issues.”
Harold Netland, Professor of Philosophy of Religion and Intercultural Studies, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School