Book Reviews -- By: Anonymous
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Christianity and the Contemporary Scene. Edited by Randolph Crump Miller and Henry H. Shires. Morehouse-Gorham Co., New York. 231 pp. $3.00.
For critical students of modern liberalism this volume affords a survey of liberal Christianity that combines insight into both the theological and philosophical thought of today. As the jubilee volume of the fiftieth anniversary of the Church Divinity School of the Pacific (Protestant Episcopal Church), it combines contributions from thirteen contributors most of whom are connected with the institution. Among the high lights of the book is the analysis of trends in American (liberal) theology and in Continental theology. The emphatic voice of Barth speaks often in these pages. The renewed contemporary emphasis on the Old Testament as more than a mere history of Israel, and the Gospels as providing a basis for an historical Jesus on critical grounds is well brought out. Current problems in ethics, origin of religion, church unity, political philosophy, pastoral care, Christian education and theological education are treated in separate articles. While the reviewer does not share the liberal viewpoint of this volume, it is recommended as a well-written survey of liberal Christianity. The most significant part of the book is its evidence of a trend away from the old liberalism—a testimony to its inadequacy. It is to be regretted that this volume like most other surveys of modern thought pays no attention whatever to the great group of scholars, teachers, preachers, and institutions of learning which continue to teach the faith once for all delivered to the saints.
Professor John F. Walvoord
The Yellow Peril (Japan) and Bible Prophecy. By Dan Gilbert, LL.D. Zondervan Publishing House, Grand Rapids. 46 pp. 35¢, paper.
Written by an author of many arresting and sensational books, this volume deals with a problem in the minds of many Christian people and on a subject on which little has
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been written. The thesis of the writer is that Japan is the greatest enemy of Christianity and of the United States. Written in 1943, he predicted the fall of Germany, that Russia would not attack Japan, and that Japan will prove a more difficult enemy to defeat than Germany. Based principally on Revelation 16:12, he infers that Japan will be the leader of the “kings of the East,” that Japan will be a future ally of Russia, and that Japan will not be brought to her downfall until the second coming of Christ.
On the whole the volume deals effectively with an important subject on which the Scriptures give little. The reviewer concedes ...
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