Book Reviews -- By: Anonymous
GJ 3:3 (Fall 62) p. 38
The Psychology of Christian Personality. By Ernest M. Ligon. The MacMillian Co., New York, 1961. 393 pp. $1.95, paper.
Professor Ligon (Department of Psychology, Union College, Schenectady, New York) sets forth as his aim the interpretation of “the teachings of Jesus in terms of modern psychology” and directs this book to “Christian parents” in hopes that in it they will find some “help in bringing up their children with such a religious training as will make them not only men and women of integrity and moral character, but also personalities of wholesomeness and power.” He writes also to “ministers” who are, he believes, “faced with the task of interpreting the teachings of Jesus to their people” and trying to “understand their sorrows and troubles” but who also may find difficulty in relating the two. Finally he addresses his book to “Christian men and women everywhere, who discern no sources of strength in religon and therefore question its value.” One could wish that the author’s ability to fulfill a need was as readily forthcoming as his delineation of it. The task he sets for himself is prodigious. While he addresses himself to a broad audience, his efforts will be wasted on those who could most profitably benefit from his work. Evangelicals will quickly sense his liberal theological orientation and fail to give him the hearing which some of his thinking deserves. His views are often incisive and cogent. He deals with profound problems, and shows considerable ability to come to grips with them in a way which could be very significant for both Christian lay people and full-time workers. However his best efforts are vitiated by his theological poverty and biblical undernourishment. It is frequently evident that his knowledge of psychology far exceeds his comprehension of “the Scriptures and the power of God.” He hovers precariously near rich and profound truths, deep and rewarding insights, significant and fruitful breakthroughs in the realm of psychology and religion, without really capitalizing on them, much to the disappointment of the reader. It would seem to us that the audience who would most profitably benefit from this work will be the energetic evangelical thinker, be he scholarly minister or professional Christian worker, who can use this book as a springboard for his own rapprochement and synthesis in this field. For such a purpose this book is to be highly recommended.
Prophetic Truth for Today. By John E. Dahlin. Beacon Publications, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 1961. 185 pp. $3.45.
This series of lectures purports to be an assertion of the dispensational eschatology in the tradition of Scofield. In addition, there is...
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