Book Reviews -- By: Anonymous

Journal: Bibliotheca Sacra
Volume: BSAC 130:519 (Jul 1973)
Article: Book Reviews
Author: Anonymous

Book Reviews

Satan Is Alive and Well on Planet Earth. By Hal Lindsey with C. C. Carlson. Grand Rapids: Zondervan Publishing House, 1972. 255 pp. Paper, $2.25.

After the sensational success of the author’s The Late Great Planet Earth, it is not surprising that this new volume is already approaching one million copies in print. Equally well-written and easy-to-read as the earlier bestseller, in many respects this volume is a superior publication and a more substantial contribution to Christian literature.

Keyed to the contemporary interest in supernatural spiritism, the opening chapters dramatically compare the true and the false in what the author describes as “the satanic age.” The scriptural doctrine of Satan is well presented in popular terminology that effectively sets the matter in its proper scriptural light.

In the process of dealing with this important subject, the author covers many essential doctrines of Christianity. Chapter 5 on “three-dimensional warfare” traces what Lindsey calls Satan’s “battlefield strategy,” defined as Satan’s use of the flesh and the world system. Chapter 6 deals with “thought bombs” in which concise definitions for the philosophic systems of Kant, Hegel, Kierkegaard, Marx, Darwin, and Freud are given which are described as the leading strategies of Satan to destroy Christianity. The satanic use of what Lindsey calls “mind manipulators,” including satanic use of modern education, art, music, television, and the world’s economic system, are dealt with very effectively, and the need of “a new world” which can be established only when Christ returns and brings His kingdom is pointed out. Lindsey’s experience in interviewing Jeanne Dixon is an interesting analysis of her contribution which he defines as the work of a false prophet.

Some features of the book are open to criticism, such as the lack of page documentation in the footnotes. Questions may also be asked

about the concept that Jesus used none of His divine powers while on earth (p. 209), although retaining His divine attributes.

Among evangelicals the most controversial chapter is on “signs and wonders.” Comments on astrology and “instant maturity” effectively state the usual evangelical position. Most of the chapter deals with supernatural gifts of the Spirit, particularly tongues, which Lindsey declares is “one of the most controversial subjects in the Christian world today.” The author believes that speaking in tongues in the early church was a sign gift in which the individual had the supernatural gift of speaking in languages other than his own. Because of unbelief today, Lindsey believ...

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