INTRODUCTION TO PURITAN THEOLOGY, A READER; Edited by Edward Hindson, Baker Book House, 1976; 282 pp., $8.95. Especially for the majority of the readers of theStandard Bearer, most of whom have little acquaintance with the Puritans, this is an extremely worthwhile book. It is intended to be an introduction to Puritan writings and Puritan thought. J.I. Packer, who writes the foreword, explains the importance of re-studying Puritan thought in our days:
“The Battle for the Bible In a much-discussed book, Dr. Harold Lindsell writes of the trends within evangelical circles toward a denial of the inerrancy of the Bible. His book, The Battle for the Bible, has itself become the focus of considerable controversy. Articles have appeared in the Banner by the editor, L. De Koster, in which he condemns Lindsell’s book (“It is a highly incompetent work, at most a reservoir of unseemly gossip.”). Commenting on these editorials, John J.
It will be worth our while to examine the religious movement known as Pentecostalism from the viewpoint of the Reformed faith. The Reformed faith is the faith that the Holy Spirit had handed down to us as a glorious heritage through the Protestant Reformation of the 16th century, especially throughJohn Calvin. It is the faith set forth in our Reformed creeds, the Heidelberg Catechism, the Belgic Confession, and the Canons of Dordt.
Spread of the Reformed Faith The Reformed faith had to earn its right of existence in the Lowlands. Its spread was continually opposed. Our Dutch fathers were to gain the faith only by purchasing it with their blood. Thousands were killed for cherishing its truth. The Calvinistic or Reformed faith gained its right to existence in the Netherlands only through suffering and death. It would be maintained only in the same way.
In his Systematic Theology, III, Charles Hodge writes at length on the subject of baptism, giving a separate treatment to adult baptism. and infant baptism. In both instances he connects baptism with church membership. Taking his starting point in the Westminster Shorter Catechism he writes the following concerning the subjects of baptism, pp.