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Truth And The Person In Christian Theology. By Hugh Vernon White. New York: Oxford University Press, 1963. 240 pp. $6.00.
This closely reasoned theological essay is the author’s restatement of the major tenets of neo-orthodox theology. White’s point of view approaches orthodoxy in some respects. Those capable of reading critically will find this volume a helpful discussion, more realistic and understandable than most works dealing with neo-orthodoxy, and showing sympathetic comprehension of facts and views of the old orthodoxy. In important points, however, the author falls short. After a long discussion of the historic orthodox view of the person of Christ, he ends up defining Christ’s deity as one of experience of unity with God rather than of being God in substance. Though treating the Scriptures with reverence, he yields to the pressures of contemporary theology and
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frequently makes experience the final authority. The work is the product of a lifelong study of theology. Its maturity and the author’s unusual ability to communicate his thought effectively make this a readable work though regrettably disappointing in some of its theological conclusions.
J. F. Walvoord
Reasons For Our Faith. By Henry T. Close. Richmond: John Knox Press, 1962. 103 pp. Paper, $1.45.
One of the Aletheia Paperbacks, this book seeks to explain to the layman the various ways in which Christians argue for their faith. The work is designed as a study book with a list of questions and a suggested bibliography at the end of each chapter.
He develops clearly and well the approaches of Christian rationalism, Christian subjectivism, Christian humanism, and Christian revelationalism. His introductory chapters on “Why We Believe” and “Ways of Knowing” also are lucid and helpful.
Weakest chapter in the book is his theodicy, his discussion of “The Problem of Evil.” His conclusion in effect is: “God loved us in spite of our sins; and we are thus to love God in spite of his ‘sins,’ in spite of the evil in the universe” (p. 41)
J. A. Witmer
Things Most Surely Believed. Clarence S. Roddy, editor. Westwood, N. J.: Fleming H. Revell Company, 1963. 191 pp. $3.95.
This is a collection of fifteen essays on key Christian doctrines by members of the faculty of Fuller Theological Seminary. The Scriptures, God, Christ, man, the Church, and missions are some of the subjects included. The viewpoint throughout is evangelical and there is nothing in the book with which other conservatives will find themselves in sharp disag...
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