Book Reviews

A LAWYER AMONG THEOLOGIANS, by Norman Thomas; Eerdmans Publishing Co.; 240 pp., $3.95 (paper). [Reviewed by Prof. H. Hanko] 

The author of this book is a lawyer. As such, he is amazed at the fact that the views of higher criticism have so readily been accepted within the Church on the flimsiest of evidence — evidence which would never stand up in any court of law. It is from this viewpoint that he takes on the higher critics and very sharply and critically tears their theories to pieces. He deals especially with the subjects of “The Jesus of History and the Christ of Faith”, “The Resurrection”, “Sin, Forgiveness and Judgment”. The book is somewhat hard going unless one has at least a passing knowledge of higher criticism, but it is worth the effort. The author writes from a generally conservative position, although we cannot by any means support every position he takes. The material of the book was first delivered as a series of lectures at the University of Saskatchewan and the University of Emmanuel College, Saskatoon. 

POLITICAL EVANGELISM, by Rev. Richard J. Mouw; Eerdamns Publishing Co.,; 111 pp., $1.95 (paper) [Reviewed by Prof. H. Hanko]

The book is a strong plea for evangelicals to engage more actively in politics. In the name of the Reformed Faith, it offers what sometimes approaches a social gospel.

THE PRESENCE OF THE FUTURE, by George Eldon Ladd; Eerdmans Publishing Co., 1974; 370 pp., $4.50 (paper). [Reviewed by Prof. H. Hanko] 

After a lengthy discussion concerning the current debate which revolves around the subject of the kingdom of heaven, the author develops the conception of the kingdom as found in the Old Testament by promise, as it is fulfilled in the New Testament and as it will reach its consummation at the end of the age. Although the book is orientated in the discussions of higher criticism, it is generally a sound book and worth reading. The vexing problem of the nature of the kingdom of Christ is thoroughly faced and treated. Recommended.