Book Reviews -- By: Anonymous
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From The Apostle’s Faith To The Apostles’ Creed. By O. Sydney Barr. New York: Oxford University Press, 1964. 232 pp. $6.00.
This is a minute analysis of the Apostles’ Creed as embodying the purest statement of the belief of the early church. It is written by the Associate Professor of New Testament in The General Theological Seminary, New York. Although the author obviously does not hold that the Scriptures are inerrant, he makes an honest attempt to let the Scriptures speak for themselves even if in some cases he feels they are no more than the record of “tradition.” Although there are overtones of neo-orthodoxy and in some cases liberal presuppositions, the author seems to cling to the basic Scriptural doctrine of the humanity and deity of Christ. In connection with the virgin birth he concludes that Matthew and Luke clearly teach this doctrine, but that the New Testament does not make this a decisive article of faith for salvation. In his discussion of the phrase, “who was put to death for our trespasses and raised for our justificaton,” he recognizes the faith of the early church in substitutionary atonement, but concludes, “Jesus did not believe God to be this kind of angry avenger” (p. 119). Taken as a whole, this volume is interesting and readable, but must be read with discernment.
J. F. Walvoord
Objections To Roman Catholicism. Michael de la Bedoyere, editor. Philadelphia and New York: J. B. Lippincott Company, 1965. 185 pp. $3.95.
In the light of remarkable changes in the policies of the Roman Catholic Church, this volume is a revelation of widespread revolt against traditional Romanism on the part of laymen, written in a friendly spirit, but incisively critical of many Roman Catholic doctrines, attitudes, and policies. This series of seven essays, six of which are written by laymen and one by Archbishop Thomas Roberts, formerly Archbishop of Bombay, runs the gamut of natural objections against Romanism. Beginning with an introduction by the editor, successive essays deal with superstitions and credulity, the worldly church, an essay on authoritarianism, conformity and guilt, an essay on censorship, an essay on freedom and the individual, an essay on existential reactions against Scholasticism, and the final essay by the archbishop on contraception and war. Taken as
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a whole, the work expresses the rising tide of liberalism which is rapidly gaining control of the Roman Church and is currently making its bid to bring Roman doctrine and practice within the limits of acceptability to the modern mind. Unfortunately, the authors tend to discard Biblical faith along with superstitution and seem ...
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