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Het Calvnisme (Calvinism) by Dr. Abraham Kuyper, published by J. H. Kok, Kampen, the Netherlands. Price f 1.50. 

This little book is a republication, complete but in small form, of the well-known six Stone Lectures which Dr. Kuyper held in America in 1898. It is years ago that I read these lectures and enjoyed them. For the purpose of this review I simply perused them and as I did so I was so surprised that, in the main, I remembered them so well. The lectures speak of Calvinism in History, Calvinism and Religion, Calvinism and Politics, Calvinism and Science, Calvinism and Art, Calvinism and the Future. The style is characteristically Kuyperian, easily flowing, oratorical and even somewhat flighty, quite different from the Dutch style of today. 

Although I do not agree with all that Dr. Kuyper presents in these Stone Lectures, yet I gladly recommend this little volume to all that are able to read the Holland language. 

H.H. 

Luther’s Werken (Luther’s Works), translated from the Latin by Dr. C. N. Impeta. Published by J. H. Kok, N.V., Kampen, the Netherlands. 

This is also a small volume. It contains Luther’s The Babylonian Captivity of the Church, A Letter to Pope Leo X, and The Freedom of the Christian. In an introduction the translator informs us that he intended to reproduce the style of the author as faithfully as possible, and this makes the reading of this little book all the more pleasant. I heartily recommend it to the reader that is acquainted with the Dutch language. 

H.H. 

Calvin’s Doctrine of the Christian Life, by Ronald S. Wallace. Published by Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., Grand Rapids, Mich. Price $5.00. 

This book I heartily recommend to the general reader, not only for reading but for study. The book itself is a very thorough study of the subject: Calvin’s Doctrine of the Christian Life. It faithfully and abundantly quotes Calvin throughout the book. It is not the author’s’ purpose to criticize but merely to present Calvin’s own view of the Christian life. He has tried to comprehend all that Calvin himself taught on the subject under his doctrine of the person and work of Christ “as involving once-for-all sanctification and destiny of His Church,” p. VI. Hence, he treats such subjects: the vicarious offering and sanctification of Christ as priest and king; the participation of the Church in the sanctification of Christ; self denial and bearing the cross; participation in the resurrection and glory of Christ; the true order of man’s life in the restored image of God; the Church sanctified by the Word and the Sacraments; the attitude of faith in conflict and suffering; progress toward perfection; perseverance to the end. These are but a few of the subjects treated, but it may give our readers an idea of the rich contents of this book. 

Of special interest to me, because we were just treating the subject in our Seminary, is what we read of Calvin’s view of the Word and the preaching of the Word in the Church, p. 206 ff. 

Once more, I heartily recommend this book to our readers for reading and study. 

H.H.