Book Notices -- By: Anonymous

Journal: Bibliotheca Sacra
Volume: BSAC 126:501 (Jan 1969)
Article: Book Notices
Author: Anonymous

Book Notices

The Living God. By Richard W. DeHaan. Grand Rapids. Zondervan Publishing House, 1967. 192 pp. $2.50.

In the light of contemporary unbelief, this heartwarming exposition of the doctrine of God keyed to the modern mind is most refreshing and reassuring. Dr. DeHaan, like his gifted father, has ability to deal with Bible doctrine in a lucid and understandable way,

relevant to our times, and yet rich in its biblical content. Here is a good antidote to the theistic nihilisin of the “God is dead” theology. Completely faithful to the Scriptures, this treatment will be found to be fully worthy of careful study which will prove profitable both for intelligent laymen and for seminarians.

J. F. Walvoord

Experience And God. By John E. Smith. New York: Oxford University Press, 1968. 209 pp. $4.75.

Deploring the divorce of religion from contemporary thought, the author in this volume makes a plea for return to experience as a basis for theology. Dedicated to Reinhold Niebuhr, the work is basically a restatement of neo-orthodox theology, somewhat to the left of center. The author is Professor of Philosophy at Yale University and is a thoroughgoing disciple of the empiricist movement.

J. F. Walvoord

The Gospel Of Luke. By Ralph Earle. Grand Rapids: Baker Book House, 1968. 109 pp. $2.95.

Designed to provide “sermon suggestions, sermon material, and a pattern for sermon construction,” this volume in a series called “Proclaiming the New Testament” provides the raw material for one message from each chapter of Luke. Experienced preachers are not likely to make use of the book like this, but someone just beginning to preach might possibly find it helpful.

Z. C. Hodges

The Pre-Existence Of Christ In The New Testament. By Fred B. Craddock. Nashville: Abingdon Press, 1968. 192 pp. $4.50.

An admirer of Bultmann appeals for a restatement of existentialism to make man-centered theology more contemporary. He deplores the excesses of Altizer and Hamilton who advocate rejection of transcendent and metaphysical concepts of Christianity altogether. Craddock calls for a “functional” Christology, which might be considered the theological counterpart of situation ethics: What fits the current style is right.

Craddock has historical and exegetical sections on the idea of pre-existence which contain valuable compilations of truth, but his purpose and thrust patently aim opposite from evangelical Biblical faith.

R. D. Congdon

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