Book Notices -- By: Anonymous

Journal: Bibliotheca Sacra
Volume: BSAC 141:562 (Apr 1984)
Article: Book Notices
Author: Anonymous

Book Notices

The Inexhaustible God. By Royce Gordon Gruenler. Grand Rapids: Baker Book House, 1983. 210 pp. Paper, $11.95.

This is the best evangelical critique of process theology available. What makes the book even more interesting is that the author is himself a convert from process theology. Part one is a critique of Whitehead, Hartshorne, and Cobb. Part two focuses on Hartshorne and the 12 central tenets of process thought. In addition there are helpful analyses of Neville, Ogden, and Ford. Gruenler goes to the heart of this false philosophy which is sweeping through evangelicalism. This book is a crucial, incisive, and biblical response to process thought. This reviewer highly recommends this work as a timely antidote to the inroads process thought is making among evangelicals such as Jack Rogers, Clark Pinnock, Steven T. Davis, Donald Bloesch, and Ronald Nash.

N. L. Geisler

Jesus, Human and Divine. By H. D. McDonald. Grand Rapids: Baker Book House, 1983. 144 pp. Paper, $4.95.

Without entering into any of the contemporary critical discussions regarding the person and work of Christ, this book presents a good introduction to the study of New Testament Christology. Though the work is thoroughly evangelical, the author does not see Christ establishing an earthly kingdom at His second advent.

R. P. Lightner

The Holy Spirit. By Alasdair I. C. Heron. Philadelphia: Westminster Press, 1983. 212 pp. Paper, $11.95.

The author holds the chair of Reformed Theology at the University of Erlangen. In this volume he traces the doctrine of the Holy Spirit in the

Bible, in the history of Christian thought, and in recent theology. It is sometimes difficult to determine when Heron agrees or disagrees with the many sources he quotes. He often quotes classical and contemporary orthodox and liberal writers without much comment. Throughout the book he intentionally refers to the Holy Spirit as “it” rather than He. “The initial (and not entirely superficial) reason is the difficulty of deciding when in a study of this sort to change from the impersonal to the personal pronoun, or indeed which personal pronoun should be used” (p. viii).

R. P. Lightner

Gifts of the Spirit. By Ronald E. Baxter. Grand Rapids: Kregel Publications, 1983. 266 pp. Paper, $8.95.

The pastor of the Faith Baptist Church in Whitby, Ontario, offers a review of spiritual gifts based on selective secondary sources. A vast number of citations suggests that the work may have been the author’s Doctor of Ministry dissert...

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