Book Notices -- By: Anonymous
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Finney’s Lectures On Theology. By Charles G. Finney. Minneapolis: Bethany Fellowship, 1968. 248 pp. $3.95.
This is a reprint of the 1840 book Skeletons of a Course of Theological Lectures. And it is exactly that—outlines of lectures Finney used at Oberlin. His book Lectures on Systematic Theology (with which this renamed book will unfortunately be confused) is much more thorough in its coverage and revealing of Finney’s beliefs.
C. C. Ryrie
Jesus-Human And Divine. By H. D. McDonald. Grand Rapids: Zondervan Publishing House, 1968. 144 pp. $3.95.
Here is one of those good things that come in small packages. Packed with Scripture and clearly stated, this work presents the evidence and traces the ramifications of the uniqueness of the God-Man, Jesus Christ. Evidence from the Gospel records concerning our Lord’s humanity and His deity are coupled with the theological implications as revealed in other parts of the New Testament. The significance of His names, the relationship of His person to His work of redemption, and kingship are some of the areas included. The author, vice-principal of London Bible College, London, England, has presented good biblical theology in an attractive way.
C. C. Ryrie
Jesus Our Contemporary. By Geoffrey Ainger. New York: Seabury Press, 1967. 128 pp. $3.50.
Although the author’s empathy for the”victim” of modern society, those downtrodden because of race, economic status, or social background, is commendable, his concept of Jesus Christ is that He is also “the victim” whose faith “was his awareness that God had faith in him” (p. 72). Jesus Christ in this volume becomes no more than a symbol for social renewal. From the standpoint of biblical orthodoxy, it is shocking if not blasphemous. Better housing and better working conditions and racial justice alleviate men’s temporal needs, but only Christ can give eternal life. The author completely rejects traditional Protestant orthodoxy in favor of
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a Christ whom he creates himself, a personification of his social ideas.
J. F. Walvoord
The New Compact Bible Dictionary. Edited by T. Alton Bryant. Grand Rapids: Zondervan Publishing House, 1967. 640 pp. $3.95.
Here is an excellent little handbook for laymen. For its size it is amazingly complete although in certain articles it is a bit too succinct. In the article on tongues it ambiguously states it is a spiritual gift and never defines it. No view as to mode is taken in the article on baptism. In t...
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