Book Reviews -- By: Anonymous
CenQ 9:2 (Summer 1966) p. 58
SPEAKING WITH TONGUES, by Stuart Bergsma (Baker Book House, Grand Rapids, Mich., 1965, 26 p., $.85 paper).
This thoughtful analysis is authored by a physician and psychiatrist who is also recognized as a theologian. He has served as a medical missionary and currently holds responsibility as a hospital superintendent. The booklet is sub-titled “Some Physiological and Psychological Implications of Modern Glossolalia.” The author finds five possible explanations for the tongues of the New Testament but divides latter day glossolalia into but two kinds, an analysis which seems to rule against the validity of most if not all contemporary examples. He offers psychological and psychiatric explanation showing that certain occurrences may seem bona fide without actually being miraculous. This is intensely interesting, manifesting a devout and humble spirit.
PLAIN PAPERS ON THE DOCTRINE OF THE HOLY SPIRIT, by C. I. Scofield (Fleming H. Revell Co., Westwood, N. J., 1965, 80 p., $1.50).
This is a reprint of an 1899 treatment by the editor of the Scofield Reference Bible, in which he deals with the Holy Spirit as a person, the Holy Spirit both before and since Pentecost, and the Filling of the Holy Spirit. Incisively he distinguishes between indwelling and infilling as ministries of the Spirit. Of particular interest is his observation that the disciples to whom the Lord spoke on the evening of His resurrection, breathing upon them and saying, “Receive ye the Holy Spirit,” actually received the indwelling Spirit at that time.
NEO-ORTHODOXY, by Charles Caldwell Ryrie (Moody Press, Chicago, 111., 1966, 64 p., $.95 paper).
Here is a newly revised edition of the very popular little book which first appeared in 1956. In it the author explains the basics of the theology of Barth differentiating between his views and some of those of Brunner and Niebuhr. He offers a simple outline of principal doctrines and definitions as found in the so-called Crisis Theology. The style is easy and interesting affording valuable instruction in a form readily understandable.
NEW PATTERNS OF CHURCH GROWTH IN BRAZIL, by William R. Read (Wm. B. Eerdmans Publ. Co., Grand Rapids, Mich., 1965, 230 p., $2.45).
Here is a study of the change and growth of the “evangelical church” in Brazil that is well worth the attention of all interested in missions. William Read, a United Presbyterian missionary in Brazil since 1952, has made a very objective and well-documented survey of the new patterns of church growth.
The book covers in detail the change in the patterns of the Pentecostals, Presbyterians and Southern Baptists. The other groups...
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