Book Notices -- By: Anonymous

Journal: Bibliotheca Sacra
Volume: BSAC 130:520 (Oct 1973)
Article: Book Notices
Author: Anonymous

Book Notices

Outlines of Theology. By A. A. Hodge. Reprint of 1879 ed. Grand Rapids: Zondervan Publishing House, 1972. 678 pp. $9.95.

Not a systematic theology in the strictest sense, this volume is nevertheless a classic theological textbook covering the major areas of theology from the Presbyterian and Reformed viewpoint. Its question and answer approach was not intended for catechetical instruction but as a convenient way of introducing the theological topics originally presented by Hodge to his Sunday evening congregation. The publishers are to be commended for this reprint of a major work by Charles Hodge’s son who succeeded him in the Chair of Didactic and Exegetical Theology at the Princeton Theological Seminary.

F. D. Lindsey

The Shorter Catechism. By G. I. Williamson. Illustrated by Thomas Tyson, Nutley, NJ: Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing Co., 2 vols., 1971–72. Paper, $3.00 each.

Written for catechism study while the author was pastor of the Mangre Reformed Church of Auckland, New Zealand, this simple but outstanding study guide to the Westminster Shorter Catechism also contains numerous graphic diagrams and charts which will enhance the value of the book, even for Sunday School teachers and pastors who are not in full agreement with the Presbyterian and Reformed doctrinal tradition.

F. D. Lindsey

Salvation: A Clear Doctrinal Analysis. By Lewis Sperry Chafer. Reprint of 1917 ed. Grand Rapids: Zondervan Publishing House, 1972. 149 pp. Paper, $1.95.

The continued republication of this study of the doctrine of salvation by a former editor of Bibliotheca Sacra requires no apology. May this excellent treatment of a crucial biblical truth continue to bring understanding and blessing to Gcd’s people!

F. D. Lindsey

Revelation and Theology: An Analysis of the Barth-Harnack Correspondence of 1923. By H. Martin Rumscheidt. Cambridge: At the University Press, 1972. 219 pp. $11.95.

Adolph Von Harnack was the Professor of Church History at Berlin. One of his pupils was Karl Barth. In 1923, they published an exchange of five open letters in the Journal of christliche Welt. Rumscheidt, the Assistant Professor of Historical Theology at the University of Windsor, Canada, presents here the translation of the correspondence with a full, critical analysis and evaluation.

The price is outlandish. The issue is a bit out of date. The value is marginal, even for dedicated students of theology.

R. P. Lightner


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