Book Reviews -- By: Anonymous

Journal: Bibliotheca Sacra
Volume: BSAC 098:390 (Apr 1941)
Article: Book Reviews
Author: Anonymous

Book Reviews

The Supernaturalness of Christ. By Wilbur M. Smith, D.D. W. A. Wilde Co., Boston. 235 pp. $1.50.

“But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ,” but to no other in this generation, so far as I know, has the Spirit given in such measure the peculiar gift of the theological bibliographer as that gift is manifested in Dr. Wilbur M. Smith-a natural gift, probably; a keen memory representing what has been gained from the reading of thousands of volumes, no doubt; an appetite and aptitude which literally devours things that are of the nature of sacred literature, assuredly; but beyond all this and above it is the truth that it is a gift, a direct enablement of the Spirit of God. The essential value to the whole church of Christ of the accumulated information which this gift engenders is beyond computation. These values, if listed, would be many. One of them is paramount, namely, that the possessor of this information, and it has to be in the head and not in a card index, is able to stage the most thrilling debates between men of all generations and beliefs. In the field of polemics there is nothing more satisfying, since it tends to decision, than debate. The most that the usual writer can do is to state what he sincerely believes. This has real value else some of us would cease to write, but the seasoned bibliographer draws into the discussion the great minds of all generations.

In this latest book, The Supernaturalness of Christ, Dr. Smith, who is Professor of English Bible in The Moody Bible Institute and Editor of Peloubet’s Select Notes on the International Sunday School lessons, has struck at the very heart of modern religious controversy. Not only has he incorporated his own deep understanding of the Sacred Text and his devotion to the Savior whom he defends with his own uncompromising conviction, but he has brought over a hundred men on to the stage whose piety or impiety, whose adoration or antagonism, respecting the supernaturalness of Christ, are recorded in their writings.

With high ideals, the book aims to provide young people who are in contact with those whom the Apostle well

describes as “the world,” who “by wisdom knew not God,” with a true analysis of the shallowness of that wisdom-even though it emanates from the learned of the earth.

A distinction which God has revealed must be recognized, namely, that “the natural man [unregenerate] receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned,” and no man is regenerate who does not bow before the Savio...

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