Book Notices -- By: Anonymous

Journal: Bibliotheca Sacra
Volume: BSAC 119:475 (Jul 1962)
Article: Book Notices
Author: Anonymous

Book Notices

Saint Augustine And His Influence Through The Ages. By Henri Marrou. Harper and Brothers, New York, 1957. 199 pp. $1.50.

Professor Marrou of the Sorbonne has contributed another in the series entitled Men of Wisdom Books and in this one gives a brief, but helpful, factual survey of the life and writings of the great Augustine. This student of the Bishop of Hippo has made three major contributions. Unlike many students of Augustine, he attempts

to see this church father in the context of his own times and the tragedies of that era. Secondly, he presents him as the champion of Roman Catholicism and a downgrading of his place as a systematizer of the doctrines of grace, original sin, and predestination. Thirdly, he has depicted him for us not as a great Pauline Christian or even a devoted disciple of the Lord, but as a man who was keenly aware of the trends of his time and as an able churchman sought to answer them and to help his people

to keep their faith in God and His sovereignty in spite of the dissolution of the Roman Empire.

G. W. Dollar

A New Look In Preaching. By James A. Pike. Charles Scribner’s Sons, New York, 1961. 107 pp. $2.50.

The controversial bishop of California has suggested many new looks and one of them is at the present-day strategy of the pulpit in reaching the people. Pike contends that we should be always conscious of the problems that people have and provide answers in the language of our day, and at the same time attempt a consistent deference to the theological and literary heritage of our past. The task is even greater because all of this must be done within the confines of the liturgy of the Episcopal Church and its high ceremonial. The book has many tasty bits of human wisdom and yet this reviewer is convinced that when all is said and done there has been a perpetuation of the spiritual bankruptcy and Scripturally meaningless forms of much of Protestant history of the past. Certainly the use of Biblical terms is highly questionable when these are not defined and one can only deduce that precision in usage of terms and meanings is unimportant in the bishop’s mind.

G. W. Dollar

The Suburban Captivity Of The Churches. By Gibson Winter. Doubleday and Company, Inc., Garden City, N. Y., 1961. 216 pp. $3.50.

The problems facing American Christians are not decreasing but greatly increasing. One of the more obvious ones is the removal of large sections of the population from the inner city areas of our large metropolitan communities to the suburbs. This has posed great problems for the ...

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