Book Notices -- By: Anonymous

Journal: Bibliotheca Sacra
Volume: BSAC 139:556 (Oct 1982)
Article: Book Notices
Author: Anonymous

Book Notices

Decide for Yourself: How History Views the Bible. By Norman L. Geisler. Grand Rapids: Zondervan Publishing House, 1982. 115 pp. Paper, $4.95.

Beginning with the Bible’s own testimony concerning its character and composition, Geisler traces the various positions on the inspiration, inerrancy, and authority of the Bible through the history of the church, allowing representatives of the different views to speak in their own words. The obvious conclusion is that the total inerrancy and authority of the Bible was the consistent stance of the Christian church until the rise of modern liberalism.

A wealth of information garnered from wide reading in many sources is compressed into this small book. One of its advantages is that Geisler does not attempt to interpret what the various stalwarts of church history believed concerning the Bible: he allows them to speak for themselves. As a result the reader can decide the truth of the matter for himself.

J. A. Witmer

Beginning with God. By James W. Sire. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 1981. 156 pp. Paper, $3.50.

This is a brief study in the essentials of the Christian faith. The author first introduced much of this material when he taught a confirmation class at the First United Presbyterian Church of Downers Grove, Illinois. The work is not intended to be an apologetic for the faith, but simply a presentation of the central teachings of Scripture. Study questions after each of the 12 chapters make the book useful for group discussion.

R. P. Lightner

The Natural Sciences Know Nothing of Evolution. By A. E. Wilder-Smith. San Diego: Creation-Life Publishers, Master Books, 1981. 166 pp. Paper, $5.95.

This book from the distinguished scientist and Christian author (who has written over 50 scientific publications and more than 20 books translated into many languages) presents detailed and careful analysis of the massive problems faced by evolutionists in postulating chance as the basis for the rise and development of all levels of life. The argumentation and interesting style of writing, supplemented by charts, graphs, and other helps make the book useful in the ongoing response of modern special creation to evolution. Of special interest here is detailed argumentation from genetics against evolution and for special creation.

F. R. Howe

The Day Death Died. By Michael Green. Downers Grove, IL: Intervarsity Press, 1982. 119 Pp. Paper, $3.25.

Michael Green, rector of Saint Aldates Church, Oxford, has provided an enjoyable and...

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