How is it that sincere and careful interpreters of the Bible can come to such different theological positions and practical applications? This happens with church practices such as baptism, the Lord’s supper, church government, church growth, the proper form of worship, and the role of women in ministry. It also happens with central Christian beliefs, such as the relationship between the law and the gospel, the way God exercises sovereignty over the world, the nature of creation, heaven, and hell, etc. Which understandings of these things are “right” or “best”? And how can we decide when the various sides all seem to be talking past each other?

Zondervan’s Counterpoint series of books is designed to help us explore these questions by reading the perspectives of people who respectfully disagree with each other. Each book presents several “views” on a particular question of biblical interpretation, theology, or church life. Each view is then critiqued by those who hold other views. The reader can then decide which position makes the most sense or has the strongest support. Even more importantly, the reader sees how sincere interpreters can interact with one another in a positive and uncontentious manner.

Accordance currently carries 35 volumes of the Zondervan’s Counterpoint series. Each of the volumes are also available individually. Bundles that represent each of the three releases are also available for purchase.

Counterpoint Series Bundle (35 Volumes)
Regular Price $639
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Release Bundles Available:

Release #1
16 Vols

Release #2
11 Vols

Release #3
8 Vols

Counterpoints Title
  Understanding Four Views on Baptism (Baptist, Reformed, Lutheran, Christian Churches/Churches of Christ)
  Who Runs the Church? Four Views on Church Government (Episcopalianism, Presbyterianism, Single-Elder Congregationalism, Plural-Elder Congregationalism)
  Evaluating the Church Growth Movement: 5 Views (Effective Evangelism, Gospel and Our Culture, Centrist, Reformist, Renewal)
  Remarriage After Divorce in Today’s Church: 3 Views (No Remarriage, Remarriage after Adultery or Desertion, Remarriage for Circumstances beyond Adultery or Desertion)
  Understanding Four Views on the Lord’s Supper (Baptist, Reformed, Lutheran, Roman Catholic)
  Three Views on Eastern Orthodoxy and Evangelicalism (Are They Compatible? Yes, No, Maybe)
  Exploring the Worship Spectrum: 6 Views (Formal Liturgical, Traditional Hymn-Based, Contemporary Music-Drive, Charismatic, Blended, Emerging)
  Five Views on Apologetics (Classical, Evidential, Cumulative Case, Presuppositional, Reformed Epistemology)
  Three Views on Creation and Evolution (Young Earth Creationism, Progressive Creationism, the Fully Gifted Creation)
  Show Them No Mercy: 4 Views on God and Canaanite Genocide (Radical Discontinuity, Moderate Discontinuity, Eschatological Continuity, Spiritual Continuity)
  Four Views on Hell (Literal, Metaphorical, Purgatorial, Conditional)
  Five Views on Law and Gospel (Non-Theonomic Reformed, Theonomic Reformed, Law as Guidance for Holiness, Dispensational, Modified Lutheran)
  Three Views on the Millennium and Beyond (Postmillennialism, Amillennialism, Premillennialism)
  Four Views on Divine Providence (God Causes All Things, Molinist View, God Controls by Liberating, God Limits His Control)
  Four Views on the Book of Revelation (Preterist, Idealist, Progressive Dispensational, Classical Dispensational)
  Two Views on Women in Ministry (Egalitarian, Complementarian)
  Are Miraculous Gifts for Today: 4 Views (A Cessationist View, An Open but Cautious View, A Third Wave View, A Pentecostal/Charismatic View)
  The Spectrum of Evangelicalism: 4 Views (Fundamentalism, Confessional Evangelicalism, Generic Evangelicalism, Postconservative Evangelicalism)
  The Apostle Paul: 4 Views (Reformed, Catholic, Post-New Perspective, Jewish)
  Moving Beyond the Bible to Theology: 4 Views (A Priciplizing Model, A Redemptive-Historical Model, A Drama-of-Redemption Model, A Redemptive-Movement Model)
  Eternal Security: 4 Views (Classical Calvinist, Moderate Calvinist, Reformed Arminian, Wesleyan Arminian)
  How Jewish Is Christianity?: 2 Views on Messianic Movement (Messianic Congregations are Not Necessary, Messianic Congregations May Exist within the Body of Messiah)
  New Testament Use of the Old Testament: 3 Views (Single Meaning, Unified Referents; Single Meaning, Multiple Contexts and Referents; Fuller Meaning, Single Goal)
  Salvation in a Pluralistic World: 4 Views (Normative Pluralism, Inclusivism, Salvation in Christ, Salvation in Christ Alone)
  Five Views on Sanctification (Wesleyan, Reformed, Pentecostal, Keswick, Augustinian-Dispensational)
  The Rapture: 3 Views (Pre-Wrath, Pre-Tribulation, Post-Tribulation)
  Christian Spirituality: 4 Views (Orthodox, Catholic, Mainline Protestant, Evangelical
  Two Views on the Doctrine of the Trinity (Classical Trinity: Evangelical Perspective, Classical Trinity: Catholic Perspective, Relational Trinity: Creedal Perspective, Relational Trinity: Radical Perspective)
  Four Views on Role of Works at the Final Judgment (Works will determine rewards but not salvation, Works will provide evidence that one actually has been saved, Works will provide the criterion by which Christ will determine eternal destiny of his people, Works will merit eternal life)
  Five Views on Church and Politics (Anabaptist (Separationist) View, Lutheran (Paradoxical) View, Black Church (Prophetic) View, Reformed (Transformationist) View, Catholic (Synthetic) View)
  Four Views on Christianity and Philosophy (Conflict Model, Covenant Model, Convergence Model, Conformation Model)
  Two Views on Homosexuality, the Bible, and the Church (Non-affirming View, Affirming View)
  Five Views on Biblical Inerrancy (1-When the Bible Speaks, God Speaks; 2-Inerrancy, However Defined, Does Not Describe What the Bible Does; 3-Inerrancy Is Not Necessary for Evangelicalism outside the USA; 4-Augustinian Inerrancy: Literary Meaning, Literal Truth, and Literate Interpretation in the Economy of Biblical Discourse; 5-Recasting Inerrancy: The Bible as Witness to Missional Plurality)
  Three Views on Genesis 1-11 (As History and Theology, As Protohistory, As Ancient Historiography)
  Four Views on the Historical Adam (Evolutionary Creation, Archetypal Creation, Old Earth Creation, Young-Earth Creation)

Release #1 Bundle (16 volumes)

Regular Price $299
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Release #2 Bundle (11 volumes)

Regular Price $199
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Release #3 Bundle (8 volumes)

Regular Price $149
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All these volumes are available individually as well as in two bundles (16-volume Release #1 bundle, 11-volume Release #2 bundle, 8-volume Release #3 bundle, and complete 35-volume bundle).

See this blog post for a discussion of the initial 16 volumes.

Updated April 2020 to include all 35 available volumes.