Book Reviews -- By: Anonymous

Journal: Bibliotheca Sacra
Volume: BSAC 133:531 (Jul 1976)
Article: Book Reviews
Author: Anonymous

Book Reviews

Grace Unlimited. Edited by Clark H. Pinnock. Minneapolis: Bethany Fellowship, 1975. 264 pp. Paper, $4.95.

The contributors to this challenging and thought-provoking book argue against a Calvinistic interpretation of Scripture. They include Vernon C. Grounds, David J. A. Clines, I. Howard Marshall, Jack W. Cottrell, Donald M. Lake, William G. MacDonald, Grant R. Osborne, A. Skevington Wood, James D. Strauss, and Clark H. Pinnock.

Pinnock, the editor, described Calvinism in these words: “It is a theology burdened with extraordinary difficulties of every kind, and we believe it important to show the Christian public that it is not the only way the Holy Scripture can be read. Exegetically, it stumbles over the great universal texts of Scripture. Theologically, it impugns the goodness of God and casts a dark shadow over the Gospel. Morally, far from glorifying His justice, it calls it into question and raises very serious doubts about it” (pp. 12-13). Pinnock also implies that the ten contributors all agree with each other on the major points of view expressed in this volume.

This book is an attempt to resolve some of the tensions between the Bible’s teaching of God’s absolute sovereignty and man’s genuine responsibility. The contributors to this volume are to be commended for their effort. After careful reading, however, one is left wondering whether God is sovereign over all and whether man is really totally depraved. Man ends being lost and in need of salvation from God but almost able, in fact, to put God at his mercy and in a certain sense dependent on him.

Without doubt, this book will arouse much discussion and interaction. The position presented here, which is not Calvinistic nor altogether Arminian, will therefore not please many on either side. It will cause adherents of both schools of thought to rethink some of their cherished points of view. It will also serve to caution the students of Scripture against going beyond what Scripture says.

R. P. Lightner

Demon Possession. Edited by John Warwick Montgomery. Minneapolis: Bethany Fellowship, 1976. 384 pp. Paper, $4.95.

According to Thomason Hudson “the man who denies the phenomena of spiritism today is not entitled to be called a skeptic; he is simply ignorant.” Along with an extensive rationalism and materialism, our culture is faced with the meteoric rise of interest in the occult and demon possession.

This volume, edited by John Warwick Montgomery, is a collection of experiences, case histories, studies, and conclusions derived from a wide range of professional people including physicians, ...

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