Book Reviews -- By: Anonymous

Journal: Bibliotheca Sacra
Volume: BSAC 125:499 (Jul 1968)
Article: Book Reviews
Author: Anonymous

Book Reviews

Psalm Twenty-Three: A Devotional. By Haddon W. Robinson. Chicago: Moody Press, 1968. 62 pp. $.95.

Professor Robinson leads his readers to trust David’s Shepherd both because he writes with the devotion of one who obviously has found this Shepherd to be all that David claimed Him to be and because he talks to his readers in the language sheep understand. The publisher also assists the reader to join David in his song of trust by accompanying the narrative with appropriate pastoral scenes for each of the fourteen chapters. The Great Shepherd has provided for the needs of His sheep through this timely publication. After reading this book, the reviewer can say: “I do not want.” So long as men, like sheep, wander and need guidance and, so long as they learn to find it in God their Shepherd, this book on this exquisite little psalm will be helpful.

B. K. Waltke

Doctrines Of The Christian Religion. By William Wilson Stevens. Grand Rapids: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 1967. 435 pp. $6.95.

This Biblically oriented, well outlined, college level theology stands on the side of evangelical faith. The Southern Baptist author assents to a “dynamical” theory of inspiration vacillating toward “plenary verbal” authoritarianism. Unfortunately, he quotes Tillich, Brunner, Barth, etc., uncritically (he would be shocked if his students became disciples of liberalism).

The section on the Trinity and the personality of each Person is adequate. In discussing divine attributes, love is exalted as “supreme.” Christ’s humanity and deity receive generally satisfactory treatment, except that nothing is said of the doctrine of Christ’s impeccability.

In the chapter on “View of Man,” trichotomy and dichotomy are both discounted by Stevens, who might be called an achotomist. However, in the paragraph on death he reveals that he is an inconsistent dichotomist. The author is certainly incongruous when he says: “Adam was a sinner before the Fall.” Stevens never discusses the old and new natures of the believer. Romans 7 is relegated to the unsaved.

The ecclesiology which teaches that the kingdom equals the church equals Israel flows full, coloring most doctrines and Bible interpretations. 1 Corinthians 12:13 is

displaced from its important position in dispensational theology to refer to a physical formation of a local church. A section on covenants (with eyes closed to Galatians 3:17) confusingly identifies covenant ...

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