Book Reviews -- By: Anonymous

Journal: Central Bible Quarterly
Volume: CENQ 13:4 (Winter 1970)
Article: Book Reviews
Author: Anonymous

Book Reviews

Genesis, A Devotional Commentary by Donald Gray Barn-house (Grand Rapids: Zondervan Publishing House, 1970, $4.95) covers only Genesis 1–22 and with but very brief exposition. Though many truths of a devotional nature are presented, the author is often imprecise or questionable in his interpretation. Where this commentary should be strong (Gen. 1–2) it is very weak. Since it does not fulfill any need, this book is not recommended.

— Gordon H. Lovik

Man’s Origin, Man’s Destiny: A Critical Survey of the Principles of Evolution and Christianity by A. E. Wilder Smith (Harold Shaw Publishers, Wheaton, Illinois, 1968, 320 pp., $5.95) is an excellent book defending the veracity of the Word of God. The author is a qualified

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scientist and an able writer. He treats the theoretical shortcomings of the theory of evolution in depth, but masterful illustration makes the treatment understandable. Important contributions of the book are (1) an extension of the criticism of evolution arising from the laws of thermodynamics, (2) consideration of the shortcomings of theistic evolution, (3) philosophical criticism of the tenets of evolution and (4) his discussion of the means required for evolution. This is an excellent book, though some may find it heavy reading. It is a most devastating attack against evolution from a scientific viewpoint.

— Edward Fenlason

A Layman’s Guide to Baptist Beliefs by Harold L. Fickett Jr. (Zondervan Publishing House, Grand Rapids, Mich., 1965, 184 pp., $3.50). The author of this

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book is pastor of the First Baptist Church of Van Nuys, California, which recently formally severed ties with the American Baptist Convention. He was at one time pastor of Tremont Temple in Boston. An introduction to the book has been written by Dr. W. A. Criswell.

This is a good book with which one hesitates to find fault. The author takes his stand on the inspiration of the Scriptures, the plan of salvation, the security of the believer, the doctrine of the church, the Biblical view of the ordinances, Christian stewardship, and the pre-tribulational coming of Christ for the church. The book is well organized, interestingly written, with many illustrations. A layman will find it informative and attractive. If it were “harder hitting” in the area of the local church and the Biblical reasons for evangelism it would be a better book. The writer is sympathetic to Billy Graham type...

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