Book Reviews -- By: Anonymous
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The Death Christ Died. By Robert P. Lightner. Des Plaines, Illinois: Regular Baptist Press, 1967. 151 pp. $2.95.
The subtitle of this book sets forth dearly its thesis: A Case for Unlimited Atonement. The author believes and defends the view that “Christ died to make possible the salvation of all men and to make certain the salvation of those who believe” (p. 47).
The outstanding feature of this much-needed work is its biblical exegesis, and of course, this is the only basis on which this question of limited or unlimited atonement must be decided. In contrast, most Arminian and strict Calvinistic arguments on this subject contain more logic than Scripture. This is not to say that the viewpoint Dr. Lightner supports is illogical; rather it is to affirm that logic can lead to unscriptural conclusions; whereas the author of this work keeps his readers bound to what the Word of God says.
Dr. Lightner recognizes that those who promote the limited view do appeal to Scripture, but he shows that their exegesis is forced, if not false, and therefore to be rejected. He also deals ably with problems and with the history of doctrine.
The book shows breadth of research and yet at the same time it is clear and intelligible. The author, formerly of Baptist Bible Seminary, now serves on the faculty of Dallas Seminary. He has rendered an important service to the cause of theology by the publication of this book. May it have a wide reading.
C. C. Ryrie
Christian Youth—An In-Depth Study. By Roy B. Zuck and Gene A. Getz. Chicago: Moody Press, 1968. 192 pp. $5.95.
Pick up a magazine or scan the daily newspaper and someone is reporting on the attitudes and actions of American youth. A puzzled pastor may wonder where his young people figure in the statistics. To help answer that question, the National Sunday school Association has provided a useful profile of evangelical high school young people.
This study represents a sample of 2,646 Christian teens from 197 different evangelical churches. Each respondent was asked for 336 bits of information about himself and his concerns. Some of the areas examined were Christian living, self-acceptance, family living, dating, ethics, and morality.
To those who find sociological studies as stuffy as a cemetery, Zuck and Getz provide a pleasant surprise. Not only does the volume offer empirical data that should satisfy the demands of the educational researcher, but it does so in a style that is commendably readable. This book may prove
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quite disturbing. Christian love means “reading statistic...
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