Significant Reviews -- By: Anonymous

Journal: Central Bible Quarterly
Volume: CENQ 01:2 (Summer 1958)
Article: Significant Reviews
Author: Anonymous


Significant Reviews

Things to Come—A Study in Biblical Eschatology by J. Dwight Pentecost (Dunham Publishing Company, Findlay, Ohio, 1958, 633 pages, $7.95).

Eschatology has been the cause of considerable crisis in the area of theology in the late years. About one-fourth of the Bible was prophetic at the time it was written. As we review this book we would like to state some of its merits in their order.

(1) It has an excellent and detailed table of contents that provides a ready page reference to any and all subjects treated. (2) It has a very exhaustive bibliography of books, articles from both periodicals and encyclopedias, and even unpublished materials. (3) It is provided also with an index alphabetically arranged that is most helpful. (4) A very exhaustive Scripture index with chapter and verse and page references concludes the book.

To this writer the author has provided with great Scriptural finality a clear answer to the erroneous teachings of post-millennialsim and a-millennialism that have grown out of so much of Covenant theology. In doing this the author has shown great familiarity with the spiritualizing of Allis, with the confused writings of Keese on The Approaching Advent of Christ, and also with the fanciful interpretations of George E. Ladd in The Blessed Hope.

The book has treated those who have erred in the interpretation of Scripture with great fairness while with great clearness the author has set forth in almost an encyclopedia of truth the plain teaching of the Word of God on these important subjects. J. Dwight Pentecost seems to be satisfied that the Bible should be its own interpreter.

Dr. Richard V. Clearwaters

Cooperative Evangelism by Robert O. Ferm (Zondervan .Publishing House, Grand Rapids, Michigan, 1958, 99 pages, paper, 75(f)-

The book carries proof-texts and proof-statements both from Scripture and from the following great evangelists of the past, namely John Wesley, George Whitefield Charles G. Finney, Jonathan Edwards, D. L. Moody, and Billy Sunday. These proof-statements and proof-texts are taken not as an exegete would take them from Scripture to lift out their true meaning nor as an historian would take objective facts from the past and interpret their true meaning but obviously to prove the burning thesis of the book that, cooperative or inclusive evangelism has the support of both Scripture and these great evangelists of the past.

We quote a paragraph on page 68. “If compromise is always deserving of condemnation, certainly Finney should be censured and not cited as the exemplary evangelist for such concession to those who disagree with his method. But Finney was concerned ...

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