Sixty-Four Questions -- By: John H. Bennetch

Journal: Bibliotheca Sacra
Volume: BSAC 102:406 (Apr 1945)
Article: Sixty-Four Questions
Author: John H. Bennetch

Sixty-Four Questions

John Henry Bennetch

[Author’s Note: This is the first in a series of book reviews to have Apologetics for its emphasis. Current literature will be examined at some length, thus to contend earnestly “for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints” (Jude 3). Bibliotheca Sacra has always raised a bulwark against error, while reserving most of its pages for the constructive presentation of theology.]

Six years of teaching in Mount Hermon School for Boys led to the writing of Highroads of the Universe. Dr. J. Glover Johnson, school chaplain and head of the department of Religion, sends forth this lucid volume the subtitle of which has called it “an introduction to Christian philosophy.” Not until the very end of the book does a paragraph explain the title chosen: “The spirit of mankind is impoverished because man feels himself so lacking in the things that he wants. The reason for this feeling of lack is that he wants the wrong things. As he learns to want the right things he will discover that they are not only richer, but also that they exist in abundance. In order to find these richer things man must abandon the lower levels, where the pressures are greater, the visibility more deceptive, and the winds and storms more prevalent. He must ‘mount up with wings as eagles’ and travel the highroads of the universe.” By the catechetical method of answering 64 questions, the author has endeavored to furnish his readers with an outline of the Christian faith (the subtitle, to be sure, labeled it “Christian philosophy”). What a liberal type of Christianity is being taught by the writer will become evident once the many questions and their answers are listed, together with the Scriptures on which the conservative position rests.

1. How have people pictured the universe?

With pertinent folk-tales until the advent of science, Johnson says. The Bible said, thousands of years ago: “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth” (Gen 1:1).

2. How did the universe originate?

The stellar system came into being, Johnson says,

according to the nebular hypothesis, while the solar system came into existence according to the tidal theory. The Bible says: “These are the generations of the heavens and of the earth when they were created, in the day that the LORD God made the earth and the heavens” (Gen 2:4).

3. How old is the universe?

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