THE CASE FOR CREATIONISM, FALLACIES OF EVOLUTION;
by Arlie J. Hoover; Baker Book House, 1977; 85 pp., $2.50 (paper). (Reviewed by Prof. H. Hanko.)
The author is dean of Columbia Christian College in Portland, Oregon. He has succeeded in preparing an interesting and easy-to-read book on the fallacies of the theory of evolutionism. The main point which the book strives to make is that evolutionism is guilty of several serious logical errors. He points these errors out in a witty and easily understood way. His conclusions are: 1) Evolutionism is not proved by the evidence. 2) Evolutionism is not capable of proof because the whole matter of origins lies beyond the reach of empirical evidence. 3) Both creationism and evolutionism are capable of interpreting the existing data. 4) Thus both are viable options and both ought to be taught in the public school systems.
These last two points are, of course, quite revealing. The author is not discussing the question of creation vs. evolution from a religious viewpoint but from a purely scientific viewpoint. His main purpose is to persuade all concerned that creationism has as much a place in the classroom as evolutionism and that both should be presented with their strengths .and weaknesses—from a scientific perspective. Here is exactly the rub. There are a few remarks that need to be made in this connection. 1) In a certain limited way we can sympathize with those who agonize over the fact that evolutionism is taught in the public schools as the only explanation of the origin of the universe. We can then sympathize too with the desire to see both presented in the classroom. 2) It is not, however, possible to teach creationism from a purely scientific viewpoint. It is legitimate to point out the logical and scientific fallacies of evolutionism. It is also important to point out that creationism can indeed explain all the data which is uncovered by the natural sciences. It is not correct to present creationism as a strictly scientific theory. Scripture makes this a matter of faith: “Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the Word of God. . . .” (Heb. 11:3.) 3) It is true that this makes creationism a matter of religion, and that the Supreme Court has forbidden the teaching of religion in the public school system. But about this: a) As the author points out, evolutionism is also a religion, though it be a religion of scientism or naturalistic humanism. This kind of religion the Supreme Court condones. There is an impossible contradiction here. b) This situation can never be changed as long as education in this land is taken away from parents (to whom it belongs according to God’s decree) and given to the state. There is no solution to this dilemma—except our own Christian schools. 4) If creationism is a matter of faith, it is not and never can be a viable option. It is the only truth and God demands, upon pain of direst punishment, that it be believed. Those who support creationism ought to have the courage to see these things.
Nevertheless, the book is recommended. Our children both in Junior High and Senior High can profit from it.
STUDIES IN II TIMOTHY, STUDIES IN COLOSSIANS AND PHILEMON, STUDIES IN HEBREWS, by H.C.G. Moule; Kregel Publications, 1977; II TIMOTHY, 180 pp., $2.95; COLOSSIANS AND PHILEMON, 195 pp., $2.95; HEBREWS, 120 pp., $2.45; all paperback. (Reviewed by Prof. H. Hanko.)
These commentaries are all part of the “Kregel Popular Commentary Series.” They were written by Moule who was Dean of Trinity College in Cambridge, England and Principal of Ridley Hall in Cambridge. He died in 1920 but left many writings on the New Testament. Some of these are printed in this series by Kregel’s.
These commentaries have their chief value in giving a general meaning of every passage in the book treated. They particularly concentrate on individual words and phrases. The format is in the nature of notes on the text, very similar to the format used by “Barnes Notes.” On the whole, they are sound and can be used with profit. They are too brief to be of help for a detailed study of the text, but can be particularly useful for society study. They are sufficiently easy to read for our young people to profit by them in their study for society and Catechism.
What I have said above does not concern the commentary on Hebrews. This book is composed of thirteen short essays on the book of Hebrews which sketch the book very generally and are not of great value in a study of the text. The book is useful only in helping to gain a general idea of the epistle as a whole.
We recommend the books, however, as helpful and cheap additions to home libraries. The price is well worth it.
THE MIND OF THE MASTER,
by Robert E. Coleman; Fleming H. Revell Company, 1977; 128 pp., $5.95 (Reviewed by Prof. H. Hanko.)
The author of this book, Professor of Evangelism at Asbury Theological Seminary, wrote out of the conviction that we must know and share in the mind of Christ if’ we are to be effective in the work of evangelism. This book, therefore, is intended to acquaint us with the mind of Christ. Six different aspects of “the inner thought life of Christ” are discussed: Christ’s unity with the Father and the Holy Spirit, His prayer life, His knowledge of the Scriptures, His understanding of God’s plan for dealing with mankind, His awareness of His own role within that plan, and His thoughts of the coming glory. Apart from the question of whether the author understands “the mind of Christ,” there is too much emphasis in the book on Christ the Example and not sufficient emphasis on the Christ Who saves His own and empowers them by His Holy Spirit.