Written by three evangelical Christians, this volume asks the question, "If Jesus is the only way of salvation, then what about those who have never heard about him?" Recognizing the significance of the issue, each of the three authors presents a different model for alternative evangelical understandings of scripture on this issue, to which the other two authors respond.
Nash's view, called "restrestrictivism," holds that it is "necessary to know about the work of Christ and exercise faith in Jesus before one dies if one is to be saved." Sanders argues for "inclusivism," meaning "people may be saved even if they do not know about Christ. God grants them salvation if they exercise faith in God as revealed to them through creation and providence."