Book Reviews -- By: Anonymous

Journal: Bibliotheca Sacra
Volume: BSAC 143:570 (Apr 1986)
Article: Book Reviews
Author: Anonymous

Book Reviews

Perspectives: Understanding and Evaluating Todays World Views. By Norman L. Geisler and William D. Watkins. San Bernardino, CA: Here’s Life Publishers, 1984. 269 pp. Paper, $8.95.

In light of the task of communicating the gospel effectively to the world, the issue of one’s world view (his basic beliefs about God, reality, man, and ultimate destiny) becomes vital. Response to the redemptive truth of the Christian faith involves adherence to the world view of Christian theism, yet few believers attempt to understand and respond creatively to competing world views. This book clearly and concisely analyzes several major world views including theism, atheism, pantheism, panentheism, deism, finite Godism, and polytheism. Included also is a chapter on choosing a world view, a helpful analytical comparative chart of all the world views presented, a thorough index of data on people and subjects, and a working glossary of terms. Readers of this book will gain valuable insight and help in presenting the gospel to adherents of world views that come short of Christian theism.

F. R. Howe

Ancient Evidence for the Life of Jesus. By Gary R. Habermas. Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers, 1984. 187 pp. Paper, $6.95.

The author is professor of apologetics and philosophy at Liberty University and is director of that school’s master’s degree program in apologetics. He holds the Ph.D. degree from Michigan State University and has written three other books on the crucial importance of the resurrection of Christ for the defense and confirmation of the Christian faith. The present work is an excellent treatment of the historical

documents and secular sources of information concerning Jesus. It is the most exhaustive treatment of this material known to the present reviewer.

Habermas, in keeping with the finest methods of historical research at the primary source level, thoroughly examines “a total of thirty-nine ancient sources for the life of Jesus, which include seventeen non-Christian, thirteen early creedal, five non-New Testament Christian, and four archaeological sources. From this data we have enumerated 110 reported facts concerning the life, teachings, crucifixion, and resurrection of Jesus”(p. 167). Habermas is quick to point out that these sources are not all of the same quality; yet his thorough and painstaking research serves as a powerful answer to the critical frame of reference that characterizes some modern scholarship on this issue. In fact this book provides a definitive answer to the approach that suggests one can know little or nothing substantial from the realm of history about Jesus. The ...

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