AQUINAS, CALVIN, & CONTEMPORARY PROTESTANT THOUGHT; A CRITIQUE OF PROTESTANT VIEWS ON THE THOUGHT OF THOMAS AQUINAS, by Arvin Vos; Christian University Press and Eerdmans Publishing, 1985; 178 pp., $13.95 (paper). (Reviewed by Prof. H. Hanko)

Vos is convinced that Aquinas has been misunderstood and often unjustly condemned by Protestants, especially on the meaning of faith. He disagrees with Calvin’s analysis of the schoolmen’s (particularly Aquinas) view of faith, and claims this was due to some ambiguity in what constitutes the idea of the knowledge of faith. Particularly, he says that Aquinas never taught, as Protestantism has long maintained, that faith is implicit trust in the church. He insists Aquinas never taught this, is not sure whether Calvin was referring to Aquinas when Calvin attacked this idea, but concluded that if Calvin indeed did refer to Aquinas, Calvin was all wrong.

This is not the only subject with which Vos deals, but his intent is to prove that Aquinas has been unjustly maligned and misunderstood by Protestants, and it is his hope that through a re-evaluation of Aquinas’ theology a greater appreciation of Aquinas will emerge.

One sometimes wonders whether Vos does not in fact have in mind an attempt to bridge the chasm between classical Roman Catholic thought and Protestant truth. It is more than passing strange, however, that Vos understands Aquinas better than the Reformers, and better than Calvin himself.

LET THE BIBLE SPEAK . . . ABOUT TONGUES, by Richard C. Schwab; Kregel Publications, 1985; 130 pp., (paper) $5.95. (Reviewed by Prof. R.D. Decker)

Here is an excellent refutation of Pentecostalism. The heart of the book is chapters four through eleven. In these chapters one finds an extensive and clearly written exposition of I Corinthians 12, 13, and I Corinthians 14. In chapter eight, the first of two chapters dealing with I Corinthians 13, Schwab points to an oft ignored truth when he writes: “One of the greatest chapters in the Bible is I Corinthians 13, often called the Love Chapter. Thousands of messages have been based on this outstanding, lofty passage. It is right that this is so. What is often forgotten, however, is this chapter’s immediate context. Never forget that chapter 13 is between chapter 12 and chapter 14! It does not stand alone. It is the very heart of Paul’s teaching about the spiritual life and is absolutely essential to the truth of chapters 12 and 14.”

Particularly helpful for anyone who needs to know something about Pentecostalism will be the historical sketch of this movement in chapter one. Also helpful are the summaries at the end of each chapter as well as the summary of the entire book given in the last chapter.

The author’s dispensational views are apparent at various points. This is the major weakness of the book from a Reformed perspective. However, if the reader is inclined towards Pentecostalism, let him or her read this book prayerfully and with open Bible in hand.