Book Notices -- By: Anonymous

Journal: Bibliotheca Sacra
Volume: BSAC 129:514 (Apr 1972)
Article: Book Notices
Author: Anonymous

Book Notices

Getting Acquainted with God. By Otto H. Christensen. Washington, D.C.: Review and Herald Publishing Association, 1970. 128 pp. Paper, n.p.

This is a very good survey and defense of the biblical doctrine of God. Although a Seventh-Day Adventist publication, the study is orthodox and biblical and combines scholarship with clarity of expression.

F. D. Lindsey

Christ and the Hiddenness of God. By Don Cupitt. Philadelphia: Westminster Press, 1971. 219 pp. $6.00.

The thesis of this discussion is that the doctrine of God cannot be accepted by revelation alone but must stand upon logic. The author is Dean of Emmanuel College, Cambridge University, England. The author criticizes modern theology as being “cloudy and evasive in a way which suggests an ill-concealed capitulation” (p. 7). This same criticism will apply to this book. The author ends up with no certainties, no clarity about God, and uncertainty as to the method of knowing Christ. The book is another illustration that apart from the written Word of God, no one can really know theological truths or Jesus Christ. The author’s logic ends up in the same point in a circular argument with which he began.

J. F. Walvoord

The Incomparable Christ. By J. Oswald Sanders. Chicago: Moody Press, 1971. 206 pp. $4.95.

This is a very helpful volume on the doctrine of Christ. Formerly the work appeared as Christ Incomparable. The present volume is an enlarged and revised edition. The author did not propose to produce a theological treatise, but simply “a devotional and doctrinal treatment of the great facts of the person and work of Christ in a form suited to the average reader unversed in theology” (p. 7).

The present reviewer believes the author accomplished his goal nobly. The book serves as an excellent study guide and textbook on the doctrine of Christ.

The major weakness in the book lies in the author’s failure to document in the footnotes the statements he gives from others. He simply gives the man’s name in the text without noting from where the source material was quoted. A bibliography and index would also have made a good book more usable.

R. P. Lightner

The Great Debate Today. By Cornelius Van Til. Nutley, NJ: Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing Company, 1971. 238 pp. Paper, $4.50.

According to the author the great debate today is, “Who is Jesus Christ?” In a high level scholarly discussion he traces the debate in the writings of principal philosophers and theologians of...

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