Our readers will be interested in learning that “Reformed Dogmatics” continues to receive favorable notice and recommendation in the widely read magazine Christianity Today. Its February 2, 1968 issue is devoted chiefly to “Best Books of theYear.” In this issue our publication is twice recommended.
The lead article is entitled “New Heritage in Church History and Theology” and is written by Dr. Geoffrey W. Bromiley, professor of church history and historical theology at Fuller Seminary, and widely known as the translator of Karl Barth’s “Church Dogmatics.” He introduces his article as follows:
In this survey of recent books in church history, dogmatics, and related fields, twenty works of particular interest or importance are listed first. These are not, of course, the best evangelical books, nor are they necessarily the books that will have the most lasting influence. Not all of them will be equally important for all readers. They were selected according to several criteria, and with an attempt to span the various interrelated areas, though with a special focus this year on the Lutheran Reformation.
Number 10 in this list is “Reformed Dogmatics,” and here is what Dr. Bromiley writes:
We should not leave the narrower sphere of dogmatics without a reference to this very substantial attempt at a comprehensive theological statement. At a time when flighty faddism threatens to destroy true theology, it is good to have some more solid works. Persevering and judicious reading of this work will probably contribute more to genuine theological education than skimming through the latest Pseudo doctrinal “thrillers.”
We certainly agree, especially with that line about “genuine theological education.” That is one reason why “Reformed Dogmatics” is our textbook for six semesters of instruction in dogmatics at our Protestant Reformed Seminary. It is also a reason why especially our own people should have this work, even though it may require some “persevering” reading.
Later in the same issue of Christianity Today (pp. 12, 13) Robert L. Cleath includes “Reformed Dogmatics” in his list of 1967 “Choice Evangelical Books.” Here is his brief comment:
Hoeksema’s summa, a modern statement of Reformed theology (with its insistence on total depravity and amillennialism), attempts to synthesize truth exegeted from Scripture into a systematic whole.
We are under no illusions that these recommendations imply agreement with the theology of “Reformed Dogmatics.” In fact, this is not the purpose of Christianity Today’s survey of publications in the religious field. We do appreciate, however, the fact that now for the sixth time this magazine has called attention to our publication. And we appreciate also the fact that they recognize “Reformed Dogmatics” as a worthwhile and solid theological contribution.
This ought to be encouraging to all who have had a part in this publication project also.
Our thanks to Christianity Today!
Incidentally, for those who are interested in what is being published nowadays, this issue of Christianity Today is annually a very helpful issue. One can gain from this issue a rather complete information as to current publications without paging through catalogue after catalogue.