Book Reviews -- By: Anonymous
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Flaws In The Theory Of Evolution. By Evan Shute. Nutley, New Jersey: Craig Press, 1966. 286 pp. $3.50.
Not often does the title of a book accurately describe its contents. Furthermore, one is not disappointed by the substantial nature of the contents. This is a devastating amassing of evidence from evolutionists’ own writings of the erroneous character of macro-evolution. Almost every aspect of the theory of evolution is commented on.
The author, a Canadian surgeon, does not deal with the Biblical data, but he does reveal his own views on the Bible occasionally. The reviewer was extremely disappointed to notice that he believes that although modern man began with “Adam” (the quotation marks are his, p. 227), man is mid-Pleistocene (c. 1,000,000 years ago).
Even though a positive presentation of the creationist viewpoint is lacking, one could wish that all who embrace or flirt with evolution would face the facts presented in this book. It was first published in 1961.
C. C. Ryrie
The Confession Of 1967: Its Theological Background And Ecumenical Significance. By Cornelius Van Til. Philadelphia: The Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing Co., 1967. 128 pp. Paper, $2.50.
This critique of the Confession of 1967 adopted by the United Presbyterian Church expresses the viewpoint of many conservative theologians that this new statement of faith is, as Van Til states, “an essentially humanistic theology which disguises itself as an up-to-date Christian theology” (p. 1). Van Til believes that the new confessional is based essentially on a Kantian epistemology and, even when using evangelical terms familiar to orthodoxy, employs them as symbolic rather than literal expressions. He contends that the Christ of the new confessional “is not the self-existent and self-attesting Son of God of the New Testament, of Chalcedon, and of Westminster” (p. 2). He further charges that it supports universalism in salvation and blurs the significance of the death of Christ by declaring “‘these are expressions of God’s love to man’“ (p. 3). His conclusion that the new confession “is, at bottom, a new
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heresy” and is “an essentially man-centered instead of a God-centered theology” (p. 3) is shared by most conservative scholars who have studied the confessional. Although readers may not agree with every fine point of the argument, in general the writer substantiates his accusations that the new confessional is a radical dcparture.from the theology of the Westminster Confession which has guided the Presbyterian Church for centuries.
J. F. Walvoord
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