Book Reviews -- By: Anonymous
CTJ 10:29 (May 2006) p. 95
The Battle Belongs to the Lord, K. Scott Oliphant, Phillipsburg, NJ: P&R, 2003), 206pp, paperback, $12.99.
The author of this book on apologetics teaches the subject at Westminster Seminary, Philadelphia. He has produced a readable little book on “The Power of Scripture for Defending the Faith” as the subtitle has it. Oliphint uses biblical illustrations to help him communicate how to do apologetics from the Bible. He states his belief that “apologetics is, in its most basic form, simply the application of biblical truth to the concerns of the day.” (4). This reviewer would completely agree. Christians should always remember that it is God’s glory we are defending (9), and that Christ is Lord (30), and that His claims upon this world are what we should be upholding - beginning with His claims on us (32).
Oliphint sees the power of unbelief as distorting the obvious truth that we are all creatures, accountable to our Creator (96). This leads to the main part of the argument (rather long in coming) that, “Any and every position that is opposed to Christianity is utterly indefensible.” (128). This statement is contained in Chapter 5, “The Divine Psychologist,” which is outstanding. After an instructive final chapter the book is rounded off by two useful appendices.
A slight down-side is that the book’s flow could have been helped by some emphasizing of key apologetic points (e.g. 20, 36–37, 39, 48, 78, 86, 128, 163). But it would be a shame to ignore the book on that account. It is one of the better apologetics books published recently and will certainly repay any reader who spends time in its pages.
Paul Martin Henebury,
Professor of Theology and Apologetics,
When People Throw Stones by Blaine Allen, Grand Rapids: Kregel, 2005, 175 pp., paperback, $11.99
The book’s subtitle is “A Leader’s Guide to Fielding Personal Criticism.” Allen deals with the issues of personal attacks that can come against Christian ministers, some deserved, some not. While the book is aimed at those in the ministry it can easily be generalized to all believers who may go under attack by those who create issues, and who have an agenda to harm the Christian brother. The author uses a lot of visual language. He reminds the readers that they are not super-leaders. They are but clay jars in the hands of the Lord. And pots can break! At one point he quotes Job 4:17–19 where Job says “Can a mortal be more righteous than God? Can a man be more pure than his Maker?” We are but dust “who are crushed more readily than a moth!”
CTJ 10:29 (May 2006) p. 96
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