Book Notices -- By: Anonymous

Journal: Bibliotheca Sacra
Volume: BSAC 124:494 (Apr 1967)
Article: Book Notices
Author: Anonymous

Book Notices

The Grace Of God. By Samuel J. Mikolaski. Grand Rapids: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 1966. 108 pp. $1.65.

A lot of good material has been packed into this handbook on the doctrine of grace. Some of the chapters include the Eastern Orthodox doctrine, the Roman Catholic doctrine, the Old Testament teaching, and the New Testament teaching. The author’s viewpoint is evangelical and his surveys of the many subjects are generally quite satisfactory. His survey of the doctrine of grace in the Old Testament is weak and does not include the important question of salvation in the Old Testament. An additional chapter on the Christian’s life under grace would have been helpful.

C. C. Ryrie

The God Who Shows Himself. By Carl F. H. Henry. Waco Texas: Word Books, 1966. 138 pp. $3.50.

Usually a collection of essays does not augur for good success in reader interest or sales. But this book by the distinguished editor of Christianity Today will be the exception that proves the rule. Its success in relation to reader interest lies in the breadth of subjects covered and in the stimulating treatment given them by the author. Four of the essays were delivered at Dallas Seminary in the 1965 W. H. Griffith Thomas Lectureship.

While the essays delve into a number of theological areas, the underlying thrust of all of them and a unifying factor of the book is the necessity of each believer’s involvement in the life and world of his day. To this reviewer the two most intriguing essays were the balanced presentation of the place of evangelicals in the social struggle and the most perceptive critique of the ecumenical movement.

C. C. Ryrie

Evolution And Christian Hope. By Ernst Benz. Garden City, New York: Doubleday & Co., 1966. 270 pp. $4.95.

This book traces the content of man’s hope concerning the future from Biblical times to Teilhard de Chardin. It includes the thought of the church fathers, Darwin,

Marx, Nietzsche, and Sri Aurobindo (a Hindu). Although there is valuable historical research in the work as well as a measure of criticism of the thinkers (especially of Chardin), evolution is definitely considered an aspect of salvation-history. The implication is also left with the reader that all these people make their particular contribution to the Christian hope—a ludicrous idea to say the least.

C. C. Ryrie

The Word That Can Never Die. By Olav Valen-Sendstad. St. Louis: Concordia Publishing House, 1966. 164 pp. $3.95.

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