THE LORD PROTECTOR, Robert S. Paul; Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.; 438 pages; paper, $2.95.
The subtitle “Religion and Politics In The Life Of Oliver Cromwell” reveals the chief content of this book. It is not in the strictest sense of the word, a biography of this leader of Protestantism in England. Nor is it a history of the stirring times in which he lived—17th Century England. It is rather a scholarly study of the religious views of Cromwell in relation to his position in English 17th Century politics. It deals with Cromwell’s battles to defeat the English monarchy, subdue Ireland and Scotland, destroy Roman Catholic authority and worship, and establish Puritan Protestantism in England. It discusses the struggle with the Anglican sector of the population and with the problems involved in establishing parliamentary rule in England. Yet it discusses all these things in order to analyze Cromwell’s own religious beliefs as they related to such questions as established religion, freedom of religion, and the erection of a thoroughly Protestant commonwealth. This sympathetic treatment of Cromwell throws interesting light on the man, the struggles of Protestantism in the 17th Century,—particularly in England, although also on the continent, and the problem of the relation between Church and State.
It is written much like a doctoral thesis, filled with extensive and, on the whole, illuminating footnotes, and is highly recommended to students of history who are interested in the political aspects of the Calvinistic Reformation in England.
It is claimed that the book (while first published in England) was published in this country because the religious and political beliefs of this time formed “the basis for the political democracies in” England and America. But, while Puritanism came into this country, especially New England, it is dubious whether there is any connection between the views held by Cromwell and the political fathers of this country.
“Faith On Trial,” D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones, Wm. B. Eerdmans Publ. Co., Grand Rapids, Michigan, 125 pages; $2.95.
The author is preacher at Westminster Chapel, London.
This book is a series of brief sermons or meditations on the well-known and well-beloved Psalm 73.
Although the form of these meditations might not be such as we are accustomed to, and although the author is not in every instance as exegetical as we might like, and although there might be statements after which we might place a question-mark and desire a little further explanation, nevertheless there is much in this book that appeals to anyone who loves the truth according to our Reformed confessions. There is much clear language that would warm the heart of a Reformed reader. I enjoyed particularly the chapters entitled “Facing All The Facts,” “Beginning To Understand,” and “The Final Perseverance of the Saints.”
Anyone interested in meditations on the Psalms could profitably read this book in a winter’s evening.
I have just one comment in regard to the workmanship of the book. The copy I received for review had several loose pages in the very beginning of the book. It is to be hoped that this flaw is not common to all copies.
THE RESURRECTION OF JESUS by James Orr. Published by Zondervan, 292 pages. $3.95.
In this book Dr. James Orr defends the historic position of the Church of God in regard to the actual, bodily resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. He declares in his introductory remarks that in the past the Resurrection of Jesus Christ was regarded as an immovable cornerstone of Christianity. Of late, however, this fundamental truth has been under ruthless attacks by those who have no place in their thinking for the miracle.
In this book the author subjects these attacks upon the resurrection of our Lord to a very careful scrutiny in the light of the Word of God. He shows the ridiculous nature of these attempts of wicked modernism to undermine this cornerstone of the Christian belief. One does wonder, when reading this book, whether Dr. Orr inclines to the view that there are discrepancies in the gospel narratives relating this fact, or whether he mentions these “minor discrepancies” to bring into sharp focus the malicious intent of the higher critic to deny this basic truth of the Word of God. Bearing this in mind, we can recommend this book to our readers. It can be read also by the laymen. And it can certainly be read to solidify one’s faith in that cardinal truth of the Word of God: Jesus is not here, but is risen. Of course, the child of God does not need logical proof to believe in the resurrection of the Lord. But it can do no harm to allow the Scriptures to speak in re this” matter. It is a book of 292 pages, and the author views the Scriptural truth of our Lord’s resurrection from several Scriptural aspects. The book is easily read, and it can serve our-edification.