Book Reviews -- By: Anonymous

Journal: Bibliotheca Sacra
Volume: BSAC 103:409 (Jan 1946)
Article: Book Reviews
Author: Anonymous

Book Reviews

What Is Christian Civilization? By John Baillie. Charles Scribner’s Sons, New York. 59 pp. $1.00.

Dr. Baillie, whose works have been reviewed in BIBLIOTHECA SACRA before, is Professor of Divinity in the University of Edinburgh. He writes in a most fascinating and attractive manner. The reader is at once impressed with the background of information which Dr. Baillie has on the past history of nations, and the present situation in the world. He is human in his viewpoint and every page is filled with vital and interesting matter. The book is highly commended.

President Lewis Sperry Chafer

Plain Talks on Practical Truths. By Wendell P. Loveless. Moody Press, Chicago. 144 pp. $1.50.

A treatise by a most effective practical Christian worker, director of WMBI-WDLM radio work, and most successful in reaching young people, this book is correctly named Plain Talks on Practical Truths. It is just that and is designed to be most helpful to young people and all Christians. The last chapter presents a list of books on various themes suggested by the author. Often requests are made for a list of books which young Christians should read and own. Here it is, well prepared. This volume is also highly commended.

President Lewis Sperry Chafer

The Sanhedrin Verdict. By Irwin H. Linton, Esq. Loizeaux Brothers, New York City. 71 pp. $1.00.

The trial of Jesus has remained a theme of perennial interest in the study of both Christians and non-Christians.1

There is a well-known procedure which is followed in these studies: it is sought to show how flagrantly all principles of legal procedure were violated in the trial of Jesus of Nazareth. This legal angle has monopolized the scene for so long, that other important, even more important features, have been overlooked. Mr. Irwin H. Linton, attorney of Washington, D.C., and well-known Christian layman, has taken up the subject from a truer vantage point. Laying aside for the moment all matters of jurisprudence and legal methods, he plunges into the very heart of the trial of Christ by asking whether the charge—nothing less than blasphemy—could be sustained. If Jesus were a mere man, then aecording to divine law He deserved to die, regardless of how badly the legal details were handled. The paramount question, then, is: Did Jesus claim to be God? There are but two alternatives: either Jesus was not God (so the Unitarians) and so liable to capital punishment, or He was God and not to be tried at all. Step by step with keen legal mind and irresistible Scripture proo...

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