Periodical Reviews -- By: Anonymous

Journal: Bibliotheca Sacra
Volume: BSAC 135:537 (Jan 1978)
Article: Periodical Reviews
Author: Anonymous


Periodical Reviews

“Why Protestant Schools Are Booming,” Richard N. Ostling, Christian Herald, July/August, 1977, pp. 44-47.

Elementary and secondary schools are the subject of this article, although Bible schools, colleges, and seminaries also are booming among conservative Protestants. The growth of Protestant schools bucks the trends, because public schools are declining in numbers as a result of the declining birthrate and Roman Catholic parochial school enrollments have decreased considerably in recent years. Protestant, mostly Biblecentered, theologically conservative schools have been growing phenomenally year after year until enrollment has reached close to one million pupi1s.

Ostling’s first reason for the shift from public education to Christian schools is the changing value system and standards of the public schools. The open promotion of mega-evolution, the introduction of salacious literature, gutter language, and pornography in textbooks and required reading, and the new sophistication with exposure to drugs and sex as early as the first grade have driven many families away from public education.

A second reason is the declining academic standards in the public schools. This has been demonstrated by the decline in average scores in the Scholastic Aptitude Test. Concurrent with this problem is the increase in discipline problems in public schools.

But ultimately the reason for the growth of Protestant schools is the desire of more and more Christian parents to have their children educated in a biblical and Christian world view with model Christian teachers and a Christian atmosphere. At least that is the reason this reviewer and his wife made the sacrifices necessary to enroll their three children in a Christian school from kindergarten through seventh grade as high as the school went at that time.

“The First Resurrection: Another Interpretation,” Philip Edgcumbe Hughes, Westminster Theological Journal 39 (Spring 1977): 315-18.

Toward the beginning of his article Hughes makes the point that “in Scripture, resurrection has no proper meaning if it is not understood as bodily resurrection.” He insists, “Rising from the dead necessarily involves the resurrection of the body. If there is no resurrection of the body, there is no resurrection at all” (p. 15). In fact, he agrees with premillennialists that amillennialists are inconsistent when they make the first resurrection spiritual and the second resurrection bodily. So far all is well.

Then he tries to identify the resurrections. He speaks first about “the universal or general resurrection of all men at the end of...

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