Periodical Reviews -- By: James F. Rand

Journal: Bibliotheca Sacra
Volume: BSAC 111:444 (Oct 1954)
Article: Periodical Reviews
Author: James F. Rand

Periodical Reviews

James F. Rand

Blaiklock, E. M., “Quietnees in a Noisy World,” Eternity, 5:16–17, 45, July, 1954.

“As Christians we must hear the voice which speaks only in the soul’s stillness,” writes the author of this devotional article. The writer rightly remarks, that “God is never noisy,” as he deals with the experience of Elijah. He points out also that “As Christians we must deal with noise. In an ever more crowded world it is drowning the accents of God’s voice.” The whole article points up the need of a vital quiet time with the Lord, even for the busy servant. Even though the problem presented is not new, readers will find the article a renewed challenge to meet the Lord alone and in quietness.

Coates, Thomas, “Barth’s Conception of the Authority of the Bible,” Concordia Theological Monthly, 595-614, August, 1954.

Since Barth first appeared on the theological horizon some 35 years ago, he has provoked discussion and analysis. There can be no doubt that he has profoundly affected theological thinking among liberals and conservatives alike as perhaps no other man of this generation. It is necessary therefore that an understanding of Barth’s basic doctrine of the Word of God be gained by any one who is engaged in serious Biblical and theological study today.

This article meets a real need as it develops the answer to the question of how much authority the Swiss theologian gives to the Word of God. The author finds that the Bible is Barth’s authority. “Does this now mean that Barth must be placed into the category of the orthdox? The answer is No. To be sure, there is an affinity between Barthianism and orthodoxy. They agree in resting the authority of Scripture upon the testimony of the Holy Spirit. But just what is that testimony? Orthodoxy believes that the Holy Spirit affirms the whole Bible to be the infallible Word of God. Barth ascribes infallibility only to the Word as an event, i.e. to the message which the Holy Spirit brings directly home to the believer. Barth agrees with the orthodox theology in rejecting the idea of progressive revelation. He breaks with orthodoxy, however, in admitting the possibility of error on the part of the Prophet—due to imperfect reception—in bearing testimony to the Word.” The busy pastor will find this article a helpful presentation of the essential doctrine of Barthianism.

Internationale Zeitschriftenschau fur Bibelwissenschaft und Grenzgebiete, 1951-52.

This valuable periodical index was first reviewed in a previous issue of this quarterly when the first volume was issued. Despite its formidable tit...

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