Book Reviews -- By: Anonymous

Journal: Bibliotheca Sacra
Volume: BSAC 127:506 (Apr 1970)
Article: Book Reviews
Author: Anonymous

Book Reviews

Your Adversary The Devil. By J. Dwight Pentecost. Grand Rapids: Zondervan Publishing House, 1969. 191 pp. $4.95.

There are many reasons why this is a welcome addition to contemporary theological literature. For one thing, there are not many books, old or recent, that expound the doctrine of Satan. For another, there are not many that do the job as thoroughly and Scripturally as does this one. Dr. Pentecost is well-known for his faithful exposition of the Word of God through his previous books, in his pastorate of Grace Bible Church in Dallas, and as professor of Bible Exposition at the Dallas Theological Seminary.

Every facet of the doctrine is covered in this work—Satan’s sin, the aspects of his character, his various activities and his present and ultimate defeat. The author has an unusual ability to weave the Scriptures together so as to form a systematic unity of the subject under discussion. The technical problems of passages are not always discussed although the book does contain detailed exegesis and fine illustrations as one would expect from Dr. Pentecost.

Nothing but profit can come to anyone who studies this book.

C. C. Ryrie

Fundamentals Of The Faith. Edited by Carl F. H. Henry. Grand Rapids: Zondervan Publishing House, 291 pp. $5.95.

This sixth volume in editor Henry’s series on Contemporary Evangelical Thought is composed of the essays that appeared in pamphlet form and were bound into issues of Christianity Today. Many read them there and they are conveniently brought together in this volume in more permanent form.

Like most works that are compiled from the writings of several authors, this one suffers from the inevitable unevenness, although the subjects included have been well chosen to cover the basic areas of Christian doctrine.

Each reviewer will, of course, have his own evaluation of the worth of each essay. To this one, the outstanding chapters were those by Professor Linton on the death of Christ and Professor Kuehner on heaven and hell. The latter had a particularly helpful section on universalism. On the other hand, Pastor Weisiger seemed much too uncertain about the worth (or lack of it) of various teachings on sanctification. Addison Leitch, whose writings usually sparkle, leaves one with no certain conclusions and few

guidelines about the most important matter of creation. He says that with the present state of knowledge we have a standoff between evolution and ceation. His bibliography of three not too up-to-date books would offer little additional help to the reader. Indeed, more attent...

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