Book Notices -- By: Anonymous
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Principles of Sacred Theology. By Abraham Kuyper. Translated by J. Hendrik DeVries. 1898. Reprint. Grand Rapids: Baker Book House, 1980. 683 pp. Paper, $12.95.
Abraham Kuyper (1837–1920) was a Dutch theologian and statesman working in the Reformed theological tradition. This book is an exhaustive study of theological prolegomena, dealing with the nature of theology, the place of Scripture in theological construction, and a total framework of an approach to theology as a bona fide science. Modern readers will appreciate the timeliness of Kuyper’s careful case for the full inspiration of the autographs of Scripture from all the data. There is much here for students and teachers of systematic theology.
F. R. Howe
The Necessity of Systematic Theology. Edited by John Jefferson Davis. 2d ed. Grand Rapids: Baker Book House, 1980. 190 pp. Paper, $6.95.
This is an excellent selection of readings in prolegomena and the doctrine of God, which includes essays by Benjamin B. Warfield, Jonathan Edwards, John Gerstner, C. S. Lewis, and others. The articles show the necessity of systematic theology over against the subjective experiential approach to Christianity of the present.
N. L. Geisler
A Reconciliation Primer. By John H. Gerstner. Winona Lake, IN: Alpha Publications, 1980. 51 pp. Paper, $1.95.
This reprint is a defense of the concept that reconciliation is effective only for those who are saved. Also the work refutes the concept of
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universalism stated in the “Confession of 1967” of the United Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A. While the author bases his arguments on Scripture, he confuses the term “reconciliation” with the word “propitiation.” Scripture does not teach that God is reconciled to man but that man is reconciled to a propitiated God. Apart from this confusion, this work is a solid contribution to the doctrine of biblical soteriology.
J. F. Walvoord
Demonic Possession in the New Testament: Its Historical, Medical, and Theological Aspects. By William Menzies Alexander. 1902. Reprint. Grand Rapids: Baker Book House, 1980. 291 pp. Paper, $6.95.
The publisher is to be complimented for reprinting this valuable work. It is as practical today as it was when first published. The subtitle accurately describes the contents. The author held doctorates in medicine, science, and theology, and has taught in several Free Church colleges. This work is indispensable for anyone wanting a comprehensive grasp of demonism in the New Testament and today.
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