Book Reviews -- By: Anonymous

Journal: Bibliotheca Sacra
Volume: BSAC 131:521 (Jan 1974)
Article: Book Reviews
Author: Anonymous

Book Reviews

The First Fundamental: God. By Robert P. Lightner. Nashville/New York: Thomas Nelson, 1973. 160 pp. $5.95.

Addressing himself to the deep-seated need of the present age for a vital re-emphasis upon the majestic person of God, the author presents in this new and fresh approach to topics in theology a highly readable and useful study. Within the span of eleven chapters, Lightner deals selectively with major topics in systematic theology. The technical area he covers relates to theology proper, yet also includes a chapter on the self-revelation of God through sacred Scripture.

In the opening chapter, the author, Assistant Professor of Systematic Theology at Dallas Seminary, concisely presents the historic arguments for the existence of God, and places them into perspective from a biblical view point. Then, in later chapters, he develops his topical approach to the major themes of the doctrine of God. In chapter two, he deals carefully with contemporary theological issues concerning the person of God. and brings his readers up to date with a response from orthodoxy to such positions as process theology and the viewpoint espoused hy other selected radical theologians. Then, moving forward into the heart of theology proper, Lightner deals specifically in two chapters with general and special revelation. Moving directly into the nature and being of God as a theological topic, the author deals with the personality of God. and the Trinity. In presenting theology, Lightner has constantly sought to involve his reader with the practical implications of thc doctrine presented. Specifically, in presenting the attributes of God, helpful charts, useful for teachers of theology and doctrine, and selective bibliographies for each chapter add to the utility of the book for research and further study. This reviewer has found the work genuinely helpful in a classroom situation, particularly where the vital need to apply the massive truth found in God’s attributes is presented by the author. Teachers of doctrine and theology, as well as general readers, will find new material here, as well as guidelines for research in an area where orthodoxy needs to sound a strong new emphasis.

F. R. Howe

Abiding in Christ. By James E. Rosscup. Grand Rapids: Zondervan Publishing House, 1973. 254 pp. $5.95.

This is a major work on John 15:1–6 by the Associate Professor of Bible at Talbot Seminary. It skillfully combines devotional and

theological insights to its basically exegetical approach. and while it is detailed and thorough, no intelligent reader will have difficulty following its discu...

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