Book Reviews -- By: Matthew S. DeMoss

Journal: Bibliotheca Sacra
Volume: BSAC 160:637 (Jan 2003)
Article: Book Reviews
Author: Matthew S. DeMoss

Book Reviews

By The Faculty of Dallas Theological Seminary

Matthew S. DeMoss


No One Like Him: The Doctrine of God. By John S. Feinberg. Foundations of Evangelical Theology. Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books, 2001. 879 pp. $35.00.

John Feinberg, chairman and professor of biblical and systematic theology at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, serves as general editor of the Foundations of Evangelical Theology series. This volume is the second in this series. (See this writer’s review of Bruce Demarest, The Cross and Salvation, Foundations of Evangelical Theology [Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 1997] in Bibliotheca Sacra 155 [October-December 1998]: 481-83.)

Feinberg’s grasp of the historical, philosophical, theological, and biblical literature on this subject is astounding. His treatment of the major issues is comprehensive. His selection of the material to be covered demonstrates an amazing breadth of understanding. This volume has established a new standard for evangelical scholarship in this series.

Feinberg has divided his synthesis of the “King who cares” into three parts. In the first, “Concepts of God,” he lays the foundation by discussing the plethora of historical perceptions of a divine Being. Beginning with the thesis that “human beings are ‘incurably’ religious,” Feinberg shows that belief in a deity is nearly universal. Included in this first chapter is an excellent treatment of the problem of religious language. He then discusses the varieties of philosophical and theological perspectives of God in the contemporary landscape. His purpose is to “help to clarify where evangelical conceptions of God and the model I shall develop fit among rival conceptions” (p. 81). Then he devotes a whole chapter to a discussion of process theology (149–79). This is probably more space than is necessary. Had he devoted comparatively the same space to the other major twentieth-century theological traditions, this massive work would have expanded to several volumes.

In the second part, “The Being and Nature of God,” Feinberg evaluates the strengths and weaknesses of theistic proofs and shows how they ought to function in apologetics. He then explicates the attributes of God as taught in Scripture and understood throughout the history of theology. This section (pp. 233-436) is the best survey of divine attributes this reviewer has read. Feinberg’s defense of the doctrine of the Trinity (pp. 437-98) surveys the historical development of

the doctrine, its progressive revelation in Scripture, and contemporary applications. ...

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