Book Reviews -- By: Anonymous

Journal: Journal of Dispensational Theology
Volume: JODT 11:33 (Aug 2007)
Article: Book Reviews
Author: Anonymous

Book Reviews

A Theology for the Church, edited by Daniel L. Akin. Nashville: B&H Publishing Group, 2007. 992 pp., cloth, $49.99.

This immense work includes contributions from fourteen leading Baptist thinkers. Four issues are addressed in regards to eight Christian doctrines. In regard to the biblical doctrine, each chapter addressed the issues of the biblical teaching, the belief of the church historically, the coherence with other doctrines, and the impact of the doctrine for the church today. Some authors worked from Genesis to Revelation in condensing the biblical teaching on a biblical doctrine, whereas others relied more upon an exegetical dictionary approach. The eight sections include: bibliology (prolegomena, natural and special revelation); theology proper (the nature, works, and agents of God); anthropology (human nature and sinfulness); Christology (the person and work of Christ); pneumatology (the person and work of the Holy Spirit); soteriology (the work of God); ecclesiology (the nature, attributes, and marks of a church); and, eschatology (personal and cosmic). The contributors to this work have all written concerning the theological discipline for which they are well-known

(e.g. David Dockery [and David P. Nelson] on special revelation, Mark Dever on ecclesiology, Russell Moore on eschatology). The conclusion is Albert Mohler’s excellent series from his blog on “The Pastor as Theologian.” Each of the contributors believes “that the task of theology must be recovered in the church if it is to have vitality and health in the twenty-first century” (p. viii). Each chapter provides a fair and gracious representation of various doctrinal views (even the chapter on eschatology written from a covenant premillennialist perspective). This work is highly recommended for pastors, students, and scholars; it would be an excellent textbook for the theology departments.

Ron J. Bigalke Jr.

The Apocalypse Code: Find Out What the Bible Really Says About the End Times. .. and Why It Matters Today by Hank Hanegraaff. Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 2007. 336 pp., cloth, $21.99.

For the last fifteen years or so when Hank Hanegraaff, host of the Bible Answer Man radio program, fielded questions on eschatology it was very clear that he has been against the futurist perspective. Hanegraaff has told his audience for years that he was studying the field of eschatology and would announce his views in a book one day. Hanegraaff’s book has now been released, entitled The Apocalypse Code, and has confirmed his rhetoric and tone heard for the last

fifteen years on the radio as Hanegraaff ha...

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