A SYMPOSIUM ON CREATION, by Henry M. Morris and others; Baker Book House, 1968; $1.95, 156 pp. (paper)
This book contains several papers delivered at. the annual conference on Christian Schooling in Houston, Texas under the auspices of the Association for Christian Schools. The Conference is usually held in St. Thomas Episcopal School of which T. Robert Ingram is Rector. The book contains the following papers: Science versus Scientism, by Henry M. Morris; Creationist Viewpoints, by John W. Klotz; Can We Accept Theistic Evolution?, by Paul A. Zimmerman; The Origins of Civilization, by R. Clyde McCone; The Noachian Flood and Mountain Uplifts, by Donald W. Patten; The Ice Epoch, by Donald W. Patten; Evolutionary Time: A Moral Issue, by R. Clyde McCone.
All these men are “creationists” believing in a creation in six days of twenty-four hours. They all hold to a universal flood. They all repudiate evolution in any form including so-called “theistic evolution”. The book is an attempt to explain certain scientific phenomena within the context of Scripture while at the same time showing the manifest absurdity of evolutionary hypotheses. It is a very good book, a worthwhile addition to the growing library of scientific literature written by “creationists”. It is not too technical to be read by one not versed in the jargon of science. It can be read profitably by anyone including those who have only a theological rather than a scientific interest in the subject.
The most interesting articles were those by Morris and Zimmerman on “Science vs. Scientism” and “Can We Accept Theistic Evolution?” Morris, as in his other works, writes clearly and convincingly of the errors of scientism. Zimmerman shows the absurdity and impossibility of any attempts to preserve Scripture through some sort of theistic evolution.
There are indeed sections with which it is difficult to agree. The authors themselves are not claiming to speak the last word on many issues. E.G., Patten explains the ice age in terms of ice which fell upon the earth shortly after the flood and which came from other bodies within our solar system. I find this theory and his argumentation for it unconvincing. Nevertheless, the explanation for scientific problems s from a scientific viewpoint offered in the book within the context of Scripture are surely as possible (and in many cases more probable) as anything evolutionism has to offer. The book is heartily recommended and deserves a place in the libraries of our schools and in our homes.
NEW TESTAMENT COMMENTARY ON GALATIANS, by William Hendriksen; Baker Book House, 1968; 260 pp., $6.95.
Dr. William Hendriksen has completed another of his commentaries in his New Testament series. Anyone looking for a good commentary for society use and for Bible study in the home is urged to consider carefully these commentaries by Hendriksen. He is a conservative theologian who works with deep reverence for and submission to the authority of God’s infallible Scriptures. This volume on the important book of Galatians has all the strengths of his other volumes. The commentary takes time to develop important concepts, as, e.g., the concept of justification; it includes a helpful summary of the discussion at the end of each chapter; it includes thorough discussions of disputed points; it is written clearly and understandably.
While the book is especially adapted to lay use, it is also helpful for ministers inasmuch as it includes lengthy discussion of technical points in the copious footnotes.
Although this commentary is highly recommended to our readers it must always be remembered: 1) that there are points in it with which we cannot agree where Hendriksen lets his theology color his exegesis; 2) it is a commentary and ought never to be a substitute for the study of the Word of God itself. It must be used as a help, nothing more. Yet we hope that Dr. Hendriksen will be able to complete his entire series.