Book Notices -- By: Anonymous

Journal: Bibliotheca Sacra
Volume: BSAC 125:497 (Jan 1968)
Article: Book Notices
Author: Anonymous

Book Notices

The Gladness Of His Return. By Neil M. Fraser. Neptune, New Jersey: Loizeaux Brothers, 1967. 127 pp. $2.50.

This devotional study of the return of the Lord in both the Old and New Testament follows the usual doctrinal pattern of premillennialism and pretribulationism. The author contends, however, that the joy of the Lord’s return is the same whether one is a pretribulationist or a posttribulationist. Here the author is not facing the facts of life. It is true that our joy after His coming will be the same, but the anticipation of the Lord’s return under the two points of view is quite different. For the reviewer, at least, the hope of the Lord’s imminent return today is in sharp contrast to the remote prospect of surviving the great tribulation and and still being on hand to greet the Lord at His second coming to the earth. The book would be much improved if his introduction were omitted. Apart from this minor gloss, readers will find his presentation a stimulating and warm-hearted study of the Lord’s return.

J. F. Walvoord

Israel Act III. By Richard Wolfe. Wheaton: Tyndale House, 1967. 94 pp. Paper. n.p.

This book, so quickly written after the recent war in Palestine, looks at Israel in three acts. The first act is concerned with God’s choice of Israel and His purpose for the nation. In act two, Wolff reviews Israel’s Biblical and Post-Biblical history. Finally, the return of Israel to their land in this generation is discussed. The fact that Israel now controls Old Jerusalem is seen as significant; however, Wolff concludes that the “times of the Gentiles” are not over. Accurately written and devotional in atmosphere, this book is helpful in seeing Israel from a Biblical perspective as to its past, present, and future.

S. D. Toussaint

The Death-Of-God-Movement. By Charles N. Bent. Glen Rock, New Jersey: Paulist Press, 1967. viii + 213 pp. $4.95.

The author has given a careful, clear, and complete exposition and evaluation of the thought of Gabriel Vahanian, William Hamilton, Paul van Buren, and Thomas J. J. Altizer. This book is not padded with an excessive investigation of the roots, context, or implications of radical theology. Rather, attention is focused on the basic themes in the teaching of the four men who have been identified most frequently with the death-of-God movement. Christian atheism is exposed as a hybrid viewpoint which is as unsatisfactory to secular humanism as it is to Christian theism. The lost chord in this book is the absence of a clear affirmation of Biblical theism.

F. D. Lindsey

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