Book Reviews -- By: Anonymous

Journal: Bibliotheca Sacra
Volume: BSAC 094:373 (Jan 1937)
Article: Book Reviews
Author: Anonymous

Book Reviews

Our Faith. By Emil Brunner. Charles Scribner’s Sons, New York. 153 pp. $1.75.

In an attempt to give a rapid survey of much vital truth in terms understandable by the masses, the author of this volume has selected thirty-five topics and has treated them with great brevity. The selection of the topics, being also limited, of necessity eliminates many themes as vital, if not more vital than those presented. The treatment of each subject is abridged to the point of misrepresentation by incompleteness. Prayer is introduced as one of the themes, yet practically nothing is taught regarding prayer. The portion which treats of Christ as King mentions no more than His present Lordship over believers and wholly ignores the Davidic and Jewish aspect of this subject which are the only relationships, according to the Bible, in which Christ is revealed as King. In the presentation of the doctrine of Eternal Life, the author makes no attempt to develop the extended body of truth bearing on this theme; and, as to its terms on the human side, it may be had either by keeping the commandments or by believing on Christ since, we are told, these two requirements are one and the same thing.

The volume is reported by the publisher to have been translated into at least six languages and this, it is stated, is due to the interest the book has aroused. The reviewer has failed to discover the unsual value of this volume. Perhaps it is his own fault.

L. S. Chafer

Studies in the Holy Spirit. By James Benjamin Green, D.D. Fleming H. Revell Company, New York. 126 pp. $1.25.

In these few pages Dr. Green has attempted to cover a very wide field of doctrine. Because of these limitations, much, if not all, has had to receive inadequate consideration.

The precise meaning of terms relative to the ministries of the Spirit-especially His baptism-is lacking. This neglect is common and has done much to foster the Pentecostal and Holiness movements of our day. The doctrine of the Holy Spirit as generally treated is, like much hymnology, given to misleading error. Dr. Green is to be commended in that he has kept close to the Word of God and has not shunned to point out that the receiving of the Spirit is not a “second work of grace.” In spite of its limitations, the book will prove valuable to many.

L. S. Chafer

The Reformed Doctrine of Predestination. By Prof. Lorraine Boettner. Wm. H. Eerdmans Publishing Co., Grand Rapids, Mich. 432 pp. $1.50.

This mention of Professor Boettner’s book on Predestination is a recognition of the recent appearance of the volume ...

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