Book Reviews -- By: Anonymous
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Dispensationalism Tomorrow & Beyond, by gen. ed. Christopher Cone. Forth Worth, TX: Tyndale Seminary Press, 2008. 508 pp., paperback, $29.00.
This theological collection in honor of Dr. Charles C. Ryrie was written by biblical scholars who hold essentially to the same basic view of dispensationalism for which he is noted. In their chapters, they address subjects related directly or indirectly to that system of theology. They exhibit a confirmed commitment to the authority, original languages, power, sufficiency, and correct interpretation of the Scriptures. Their work reflects careful exegesis of pertinent biblical passages and significant interaction with writings of scholars who disagree with the dispensational view of the Bible. Readers will be introduced to subjects not normally addressed by dispensational authors: “Is Dispensationalism Hurting American Political Policies in the Middle East?” (Stallard), “The Church & Social Responsibility” (Bigalke), and “The Kingdom of Emergent Theology” (Gilley).
Renald E. Showers,
Friends of Israel Gospel Ministry
Believer’s Baptism: Sign of the New Covenant in Christ (NAC Studies in Bible & Theology), eds. Thomas R. Schreiner and Shawn D. Wright. Nashville: B&H Publishing Group, 2007. Xix + 364 pp., cloth, $19.99.
The editors of this work have thoroughly demonstrated that baptism is not a minor theological doctrine, as “those who practiced believer’s baptism during the Reformation” were persecuted (p. 1). The forward by Timothy George recounts the story of Adoniram and Ann Judson, who were “baptized as infants” and raised in “godly Congregationalist families.” However, prior to beginning their lifetime of missionary service in India, “the Judsons devoted themselves to prayer and intensive Bible study” during their lengthy ocean voyage. The result of studying the Scriptures was their conviction that baptism “was intended for believers only.” Once they reached India, they requested baptism by immersion “in keeping with their newfound convictions” (p. xv). The editors and contributing authors concur with the Judsons’ conviction. As baptism is “regularly connected in scripture with belief and salvation”
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and “the initiation rite into the Christian church,” it is not “a minor issue” (p. 1). The chapters address baptism in the New Testament and the Patristic writings. The theology of Meredith Kline “on suzerainty, circumcision, and baptism is analyzed. Baptism among the Anabaptists, paedobaptists, and Stone-Campbell movement is assessed. The relationship of baptism between the covenants is also ad...
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