Book Notices -- By: Anonymous

Journal: Bibliotheca Sacra
Volume: BSAC 121:483 (Jul 1964)
Article: Book Notices
Author: Anonymous

Book Notices

The Authority Of The New Testament Scriptures. By Herman Ridderbos. Philadelphia: Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing Co., 1963. 93 pp. $2.50.

The subject of this book is the canonicity and authority of the New Testament (though these two concepts are inseparably linked). It is the author’s thesis that the link is the history of redemption which the canonical books record and which in turn gives them their authority. Extra-biblical evidences are not included.

C. C. Ryrie

The Five Points Of Calvinism. By David N. Steele and Curtis C. Thomas. Philadelphia: Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing Co., 1963. 95 pp. $1.50.

The production of another book on this subject is justified in this case by its conciseness, clarity, and annotated bibliography. An appendix on the meaning of foreknow in Romans 8:29 is particularly helpful.

C. C. Ryrie

The Apostles Creed. By Gardner M. Day. New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1963. 174 pp. $3.50.

The Apostles’ Creed has been rightly considered a bulwark of the Christian faith and one of the earliest summaries of the theology of the early church. Because of its forthright statement of essentials, such as God as the Creator, the virgin birth of Christ, His death and resurrection, and His future coming to judge both the living and the dead. The Apostles’ Creed has been quite an obstacle to liberals who could not honestly subscribe to its tenets.

The author, who is Rector of Christ’s Church in Cambridge,

Massachusetts, and active in the ecumenical movement, attempts to solve the problem by suggesting that the creed should be interpreted symbolically instead of literally. The reviewer has read few books as intellectually dishonest as this attempt to apply a figurative interpretation to a historical creed which, through the centuries, has represented basic Christian faith. Evangelicals will be justified in righteous indignation. Far more honest would be that of the liberal who faces squarely his disbelief and rejects the Creed.

J. F. Walvoord

Exploring Christianity: A Guided Tour. By David F. Siemens, Jr. Chicago: Moody Press, 1962. 156 pp. Paper, $.59.

This book is designed to introduce youth and adults to the essential tenets of Christianity. It does it in a unique way. The contents are scrambled. It works like this: A question is stated which the non-Christian might ask about Christianity. This is followed by two or more possible answers. Th...

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