Book Notices -- By: Anonymous

Journal: Bibliotheca Sacra
Volume: BSAC 128:509 (Jan 1971)
Article: Book Notices
Author: Anonymous

Book Notices

The Late Great Planet Earth. By Hal Lindsey with C. C. Carlson. Grand Rapids: Zondervan Publishing House, 1970. 192 pp. Cloth, $3.95; Paper, $1.95.

Good pretribulational premillennial eschatology is dressed up for the “now generation,” interspersed with quotes and observations on contemporary trends to show that those alive today may well be the “prophetic ‘now’ generation” (p. 80). No “way-out” interpretations are given though some reasonable choices are made (like humans rather than demons in Rev 9:16). Quotes are from religious writers generally from the past and even before that generations of commentators (conclusion: the establishment does know something!) Added documentation in some places would help the usefulness of this book (e.g., pp. 57, 70). “Now” jargon designates the rapture of the church as “the living end” and the “ultimate trip” (p. 137). Price of this and most books today is obviously quite relevant to the contemporary scene.

C. C. Ryrie

Puritans, The Millennium And The Future Of Israel: Puritan Eschatology 1600-1660. Edited by Peter Toon. Cambridge: James Clark and Company, Limited, 1970. 157 pp. $4.00.

Here is a welcome and worthy contribution to an understanding of Puritan eschatology. The book consists of a collection of essays edited by Peter Toon of the Religious Studies Department of Edge Hill College, Ormskirk.

Toon presents a valuable history of Augustinian amillennialism and the subsequent postmillennialism of men such as John Owen. The revival of a chiliasm of the early fathers in the writing of Johann Heinrick Alsted’s Diatribe (1627) is also presented. The views of the Fifth Monarchist’s Movement and the early Quaker eschatology enhance the work.

The book is recommended for every student of eschatology, especially for those interested in Puritan eschatology.

R. P. Lightner

Will There Be A Millennium? By Fredk. A. Tatford. Neptune, NJ: Loizeaux Brothers, Inc., 1969. 124 pp. Paper, $1.50.

In a day of progressive unbelief in the Scripture and departure from intelligent interpretation of prophecy, it is refreshing to find a solid, documented, closely-reasoned book built upon sound hermeneutics and reaching solid conclusions. Considering the brief compass of its pages, the work is remarkably complete, full of excellent quotations and support from authorities, and providing a sensible and comprehensive statement of premillennialism, including the widely held concepts of a rapture followed by a tribulation pre...

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