Book Reviews -- By: Anonymous

Journal: Bibliotheca Sacra
Volume: BSAC 135:539 (Jul 1978)
Article: Book Reviews
Author: Anonymous


Book Reviews

What Demons Can Do to Saints. By Merrill F. Unger. Chicago: Moody Press, 1977. 204 pp. $6.95.

This is the third major contribution from the author on the subject of demons. First was Biblical Demonology (1952) and second was Demons in the World Today (1971). In this volume, as the title indicates, Unger is concerned primarily with what demons can do to Christians. Already in his second volume, Unger wrote of his change of view with regard to demon possession of believers. This present volume is a further development of that idea.

In twelve chapters Unger seeks to buttress his view that demons not only harass saints and carry on their evil work from without, but also that they at least in some instances possess and indwell saints. “Extreme demonization” is preferred over the term “demon possession” because “the Bible makes no distinction” (p. 99).

Repeatedly it is said that “revealed truth is never at variance with genuine experience.” This reviewer got the impression that the author was saying in such statements that in matters where the Bible is not crystal clear on an issue, genuine experience is to be used to discover the proper view.

The presentation in the book is balanced and reflects a genuine concern for the truth. Much of the book discusses cases where the individuals are said to be genuinely saved and yet were demon-possessed and have experienced deliverance. However, no Scripture is cited which specifically says believers were ever demon-possessed.

This is a good book and deserves a wide readership, even among those who do not believe demons can take up residence in the same dwelling place with the Holy Spirit. Maybe differences on this issue are merely semantic after all.

R. P. Lightner

The Truth of God Incarnate. Edited by Michael Green. Grand Rapids: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 1977. 144 pp. Paper, $2.45.

This volume is deliberately slanted to answer an earlier volume, The Myth of God Incarnate. In the preface the following bold statement appears as the concensus of the contributors: “We believe that it is high time for those who do not accept a reductionist Christology to stand up and be counted. We believe that the presuppositions behind the current skepticism are not compelling, and that the implications of it are very far-reaching and corroding and we believe that a response from a variety of theological and cultural backgrounds such as we represent will sufficiently show that a repudiation of this sort of position most recently evidenced in The Myth of God Incarnate is not the concern of a me...

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