Book Notices -- By: Anonymous

Journal: Bibliotheca Sacra
Volume: BSAC 120:477 (Jan 1963)
Article: Book Notices
Author: Anonymous

Book Notices

Man: The Image Of God. By G. C. Bierkouwer. Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, Grand Rapids, 1962. 376 pp. $6.00.

This is the eighth (and most expensive!) volume in Dr. Berkouwer’s extensive Studies in Dogmatics. As always, this Dutch theologian’s style is vigorous, his thought stimulating, and his loyalty to the Scriptures unswerving.

There is an excellent and much-needed emphasis in this study of anthropology on the wholeness and unity of man. In this connection, the reviewer found the chapter on soul, spirit, dichotomony, etc., the best in the book. Historical and dogmatical references are generally limited to European sources of the Reformed tradition—which is both a limitation to the work and an enrichment to American readers.

More than in the other volumes in the series, the reviewer found problems—though thoroughly discussed—often left unconcluded if not unsolved. The excellent Scriptural orientation of this work is evidenced by the lengthy Scripture index. The book does not deal with the origin of the material part of man.

C. C. Ryrie

Church And People In New Guinea. By G. V. Vicedom. Association Press, New York, 1962. 79 pp. $1.00.

This booklet, authored by Dr. G. F. Vicedom, former missionary of the Lutheran Church of Germany to New Guinea and now professor at the Augustana Kirchliche Hochschule in Neuendettelsau, South Germany, describes the beginnings, growth, and present state of the church and missions of New Guinea.

It is, however, more than a descriptive history telling the story of a uniquely blessed ministry. It is one of the finest booklets known to this reviewer which sets forth basic principles of “community conversion” in a tightly knit primitive community in contrast to “individual conversion” as emphasized by westernism. The principles of indigenous church planting and building are dearly indicated and illustrated.

The author further points out the tremendous difficulties the formerly primitive societies experience in adjusting themselves to the present open and competing world.

Of special value are also the sections on “The Position of the Missionary,” and the “Church and Missions,” discussing the various relationships and factors which often lead to tensions.

The booklet, one of the World Christian Books series, is full of wise counsel and will be read with great profit by all missionaries and such who teach and guide missions.

G. W. Peters

Exile And Return. By Charles F. Pfeiffer. Baker Book Hou...

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