Book Reviews -- By: Anonymous

Journal: Bibliotheca Sacra
Volume: BSAC 118:470 (Apr 1961)
Article: Book Reviews
Author: Anonymous

Book Reviews

George Whitfields Journals. The Banner of Truth, London, 1960. 595 pp. $2.50.

In 1737, George Whitfield, at the age of twenty-two and an Oxford graduate, began an evangelical movement which was to leave its impress on England for generations to follow. In thirty-four years of preaching, he delivered eighteen thousand sermons, usually more than forty a week. He was an ancient prophet in modern dress and an aggressive evangelist who stirred the conscience of his age, though attacked by both clergy and press.

This volume, which gathers in much previously published material with new additions, will be an inspiration to anyone who reads it.

J. F. Walvoord

Calvins Doctrine Of The Christian Life. By Ronald S. Wallace. Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, Grand Rapids, 1959. 349 pp. $5.00.

Students of Calvin will welcome this volume which presents in detail Calvin’s doctrine of the Christian life. The treatment is remarkably true to Calvin as presented in his life and works, and the author has performed a great service to evangelical Christianity in his thorough presentation of this aspect of Calvin’s contribution to the Christian church.

J. F. Walvoord

Gospel And Myth In The Thought Of Rudolf Bultmann. By Giovanni Miegge. John Knox Press, Richmond, 1960. 152 pp. $4.00.

Bultmann is probably the leading radical liberal of continental theology. His view is that the New Testament is encrusted in mythological language which must be eliminated from the preaching of Christian faith much as mythical cosmology must be eliminated from a scientific understanding of the world. This volume is an attempt to analyze Bultmann’s treatment and will be of interest mostly to liberals. Conservatives continue to challenge the necessity of Bultmann’s thesis. What to the conservative are the fundamentals of the faith—the pre-existence of Christ, His expiatory death on the cross, His second coming, and the resurrection of the dead and the judgment which follows—to Bultmann is myth. According to Bultmann, “all this is mythological language, and each separate element in it can easily be traced to the contemporary mythology of Jewish apocalyptic or of the gnostic myth of redemption” (p. 7).

J. F. Walvoord

Paul And The Salvation Of Mankind. By Johannes Munck. Translated from the Danish by Frank Clarke. John Knox Press, Richmond, 1959. 351 pp. $6.50.

This is a learned work by a distinguished Danish scholar who is a professor at the Aarhus University. The thesis of his treatment of

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