Book Notices -- By: Anonymous

Journal: Bibliotheca Sacra
Volume: BSAC 136:544 (Oct 1979)
Article: Book Notices
Author: Anonymous

Book Notices

I Want to Be a Christian. By J. I. Packer. Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, 1977. 316 pp. Paper, $3.95.

A distinguished British churchman seeks to present here the ABCs of Christianity. He does so on the basis of what he calls the basics of the faith: the creed, the Lord’s prayer, the Ten Commandments, and Christian baptism.

The reviewer felt Packer was trying hard to find biblical support for a few things such as infant baptism and confirmation. On the whole, the book will make a valid contribution. Since the basics with which the author deals do not concern becoming a Christian, the title is a little misleading.

R. P. Lightner

The Glory of God. By J. Dwight Pentecost. Portland. OR: Multnomah Press. 1978. 134 pp. Paper, $3.95.

This little nugget traces the theme of God’s glory through the Bible from creation through the second advent. Many excellent insights into the subject of God’s glory and man’s responsibility are given in this brief work.

S. D. Toussaint

Talking of God. By Terrence W. Tilley. New York: Paulist Press, 1978. 131 pp. Paper, $4.95.

The subtitle of this study identifies its thrust: “An Introduction to Philosophical Analysis of Religious Language.” The author is a Catholic who writes as an analytical-empirical philosopher. The value of the book lies in its survey of a number of views by philosophers and theologians on the language used in talking about God.

F. D. Lindsey

The Centrality of the Resurrection. By Richard B. Gaffin, Jr. Grand Rapids: Baker Book House, 1978. 155 pp. $4.95.

The thrust of this volume is to make the doctrine of resurrection the central aspect of Pauline theology. Written by an associate professor of New Testament at Western Theological Seminary, it is strongly influenced by Calvinism. The emphasis on resurrection is presented as a decided shift from the normal view that the doctrine of justification by faith is the central factor in Paul’s theology. This is a work for theologians from a viewpoint which holds a high view of Scripture and is intended for formal theologians, rather than lay people.

J. F. Walvoord

The Role of Women in the Church. By Charles Caldwell Ryrie. Reprint. Chicago: Moody Press, 1978. 153 pp. Paper, $3.95.

Now available, from Moody Press in paperback, this handy book provides an excellent summary from a conservative, traditionalist point of view, of the place of women in pagan first-century culture,...

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