Book Notices -- By: Anonymous

Journal: Bibliotheca Sacra
Volume: BSAC 122:485 (Jan 1965)
Article: Book Notices
Author: Anonymous


Book Notices

Christian Morals Today. By John A. T. Robinson. Philadelphia: Westminster Press, 1964. 47 pp. Paper, $.65.

Containing three lectures delivered at Liverpool Cathedral, October 31, 1963, this booklet is a sequel to Honest to God by the same author. Principally, it is a plea for understanding of what he was trying to say in his previous book, a defense against unreasoning criticism of those who interpreted him as saying more than he did, and an effort to present the point of view of “the new morality” which he advocates. Thoughtful readers will be stimulated by the discussion, but not necessarily persuaded. The fact that there is hypocrisy and artificiality in contemporary Christian ethics should not leave the door open, for instance, to condoning premarital sex relations or homosexuality even if a white and black system of ethics is not the whole story. Biblical ethics is still the only answer.

J. F. Walvoord

Can We Know God? By R. E. Harlow. Westchester, Ill.: Good News Publishers, 1964. 64 pp. Paper, $.50.

This is a brief summary of the Christian faith designed to instruct new believers and attract inquirers. It is appropriate for widespread distribution in hospitals, service men’s centers, jails, missions, and for use in the armed services.

J. F. Walvoord

Theology In The New Testament. By Ralph E. Knudsen. Valley Forge, Pa.: The Judson Press, 1964. 442 pp. $6.95.

This is a book of interesting combinations. Its subject is Bible doctrine, and its methodology is a combination of systematic and Biblical theology. It attempts to discover what the Bible teaches about various subjects and yet the author holds to dynamic inspiration of the Bible (p. 38). Doctrine is presented with authority, but the author limits the infallible authority of the Bible to its presentation of Christ (p. 43). It is Baptistic in viewpoint and yet baptism, in the writer’s opinion, need not be a requirement for church membership (p. 354). A conservative could read much of it with approval while one who is not conservative could also do likewise. Substitutionary atonement is affirmed, but the blood is downgraded. The author is for the second coming, but takes refuge in a false humility so that he will not have to discuss the millenium (p. 377). Indeed, he says, the millennium has “little or no meaning for a relevant eschatology.” And so on and on.

The book is excellently outlined and helpfully annotated. But a generation of Baptist (or any other) preachers who are trained by its teachings will leave something to be desired in their pulpit ministries. The author ...

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