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The Case for Full Subscription to the Westminster Standards in the Presbyterian Church in America, by Morton Howison Smith. Greenville, SC: GPTS Press, 1992, 98 pages (paper). No price given. [Reviewed by the Editor.] One of the founding fathers of the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA) and longtime Stated Clerk…

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Better to Marry, by David J. Engelsma. Grand Rapids: Reformed Free Publishing Association, 1993. 105 pp., $9.95 (paper). [Reviewed by Rev. Audred Spriensma.] Prof. David Engelsma has written another small book (105 pages) on the subject of marriage. His first book, Marriage: the Mystery of Christ and the Church, was…

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The Gnostic Empire Strikes Back: An Old Heresy for the New Age, by Peter Jones. Phillipsburg, New Jersey: P&R Publishing, 1992. 112 pages. $6.95 (paper). [Reviewed by the Editor.] Presbyterian theologian Peter Jones makes a convincing case for his contention that the New Age movement is the reappearance of the…

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PURITAN CHRISTIANITY IN AMERICA: RELIGION AND LIFE IN SEVENTEENTH-CENTURY MASSACHUSETTS, by Allen Carden; Baker Book House, 1990; 239 pp, paper (no price included). (Reviewed by Prof. H. Hanko.) The history of the Puritans has always been a fascinating subject to Reformed and Presbyterian believers. This is partly because the Puritan…

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I Believe … Living the Apostles Creed, by Lester De Koster. Grand Rapids, MI: Christian’s Library Press, Inc., 1996. 174 pp. $14.95 (cloth). [Reviewed by the editor.] Reformed thinker, teacher, and author Lester De Koster has written a brief, popular explanation of the twelve articles of the Apostles’ Creed. His addressing…

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THEONOMY: A REFORMED CRITIQUE, ed. by William S. Barker & W. Robert Godfrey; Zondervan Publishing House, 1990; 413 pp., $14.95 (paper). [Reviewed by Prof. Herman Hanko.] Theonomy is a movement with which the church has had to reckon in the last couple of decades. Closely associated with a conservative postmillennialism,…

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DICTIONARY OF CHRISTIANITY IN AMERICA, Editors: Daniel G. Reid, Robert D. Linder, Bruce L. Shelley, Harry S. Stout. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 1990. 1305 pages. Hardcover. $39.95. (Reviewed by the Editor.) Breaking new ground, InterVarsity has published an enormously interesting and extremely helpful religious dictionary. 2,400 articles and 1,500…

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We and Our Children: The Reformed Doctrine of Infant Baptism (Grand Rapids, MI: Reformed Free Publishing Association, 1981) by Herman Hanko. 118 pp., $5.95 (paper). [Reviewed by Henry Pieter Kik, Western Theological Seminary*.) My selection of the book We and Our Children, by Herman Hanko, was in no small part…

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An Introduction to the New Testament, by D. A. Carson, Douglas J. Moo, & Leon Morris; Zondervan Publishing House, 1992; 537 pp., $24.95 (hard cover). [Reviewed by Prof. Herman Hanko.] Books on “Introduction” deal with background material on Scripture. Usually they deal with the individual books of the Bible. A…

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God the Almighty: Power, Wisdom, Holiness, Love, by Donald G. Bloesch. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity, 1995. 329 pp., $24.99 (cloth). [Reviewed by the editor.] The Reformed theologian will read Donald Bloesch’s projected seven-volume set of dogmatics with profit. Bloesch, who describes his stance as “centrist evangelical,” intends to develop an…

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Communion with God, by John Owen. Carlisle, Pennsylvania: The Banner of Truth Trust, 1991, 209 pages, paper. $6.96. Abridged by R. J.K. Law. [Reviewed by Rev. T. Miersma.] John Owen (1616-1683) was one of the pre-eminent English Puritan theologians of his day, preaching before Parliament on several occasions, including the…

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Calvin’s Ecclesiastical Advice, tr. Mary Beaty and Benjamin W. Farley. Foreword by John Haddon Leith. Louisville, Kentucky: Westminster/ John Knox Press, 1991. 184 pages. Paper. $14.95. [Reviewed by the Editor.] One of the most valuable benefits of the various conferences devoted to the study of the theology of John Calvin…

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Baptism: Meaning, Mode & Subjects, by Michael Kimmitt. Plas Gwyn, Trelawnyd, Wales: K & M Books, 1997. 48 pages. $4 (paper). [Reviewed by the editor.] In six, brief chapters, this booklet treats of baptism’s meaning, mode, and subjects, as well as three main objections against infant baptism and certain implications…

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Spirit Wars: Pagan Revival in Christian America, by Peter Jones. Mukilteo, WA/Escondido, CA: Wine Press Publishing/Main Entry Editions, 1997. 331 pages. $18.95 (paper). [Reviewed by the editor.] Spirit Wars is the second book by the author on the resurgence of pagan religion in America as the revival of the Gnostic…

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mcastIsrael’s Hope and Expectation, by Rudolph VanReest. Neerlandia, Alberta, Canada: Inheritance Publishers, 1991. 331 pages, $717.90 (US); $19.90 (CAN), paperback. Originally published as De Grote Verwachting by Oosterbaan and LeCointre, Goes, the Netherlands (third edition 1977). Translated by Theodore Plantinga. [Reviewed by Lois Kregel.] Many of the readers of the Standard Bearer will, no…

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THE MOODY HANDBOOK OF THEOLOGY, by Paul Enns. Chicago: Moody Press, 1989. Pp. vii-688. Hardcover. $24.95. (Reviewed by the Editor.) The author describes this book as “a general introductory work in the entire area of theology that can provide answers to simple, basic questions” (p. xiii). It covers the whole,…

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REPENT OR PERISH, by John H. Gerstner. Ligonier, PA: Soli Deo Gloria Publications, 1990. 218 pages. Paperback, $7.95. [Reviewed by the Editor.] One of the latest heresies among “evangelicals” in the United States and England is the denial of eternal punishment. Only believers in Jesus Christ have an eternal destiny.…

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ROMANS, A Shorter Commentary, by C.E.B. Cranfield; Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 1985; 388 pp., $10.95 (paper), (Reviewed by Prof. H. Hanko) This commentary was first published in The International Critical Commentary series, and has been now abridged by the omission of the Greek Text and many notes and references.…

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The Presbyterian Conflict, by Edwin H. Rian. Philadelphia: The Committee for the Historian of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church, 1992. 242 pp. (paper). [Reviewed by the Editor.] From this exceptionally valuable history of the conflict between faith and unbelief in the Presbyterian Church in the USA in the early 1900s, there…

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Jones’ Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names, by Alfred Jones. Grand Rapids, MI: Kregel Publications, 1990. pages viii-382, paper, $16.95. [Reviewed by the Editor.] You are reading the Old Testament Scriptures for family devotions or in preparation for a Bible study class and come across the name, Molech. You wonder…

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Prophets of Psychoheresy II, Critiquing Dr. James C. Dobson; by Martin & Deidre Bobgan; Eastgate Publishers, 1990. 310 pp., (no price, paper). [Reviewed by Prof. H. Hanko.] The authors, a husband and wife team, both of whom hold advanced and earned degrees from prestigious universities, have written other books on…

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Mormons Answered Verse by Verse, by David A. Reed and John R. Farkas; Baker Book House, Grand Rapids, Michigan, 1992; 154 pp., $6.95 (paper). [Reviewed by Agatha Lubbers.] John R. Farkas, former Mormon Elder and Quorum President, and David A. Reed, convert from the, Jehovah’s Witness cult, have collaborated in…

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Evangelical Interpretation: Perspectives on Hermeneutical Issues, by Millard J. Erickson. Baker Book House, 1993. 130pp. No price given (paper). [Reviewed by Prof. H. Hanko.] In an important introduction to this book, the author informs us that he is interested, not so much in principles of hermeneutics as such, but in…

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The Inquisitor’s Secretary, by W. J. D. vanDijck. Tr. Cornelius Lambregste. Sioux Center, IA: Netherlands Reformed Book and Publishing, 1993. 155 pp. N. p. (cloth). [Reviewed by the Editor.] Reformed parents are always on the lookout for good reading for their children, particularly good fiction. What we desire are books…

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Letters to a Young Pastor: Letters to Rev. R Harbach by A. W. Pink. Grandville, MI: The Evangelism Committee of Grandville Protestant Reformed Church, 1993. 40 pages (paper). N. p. [Reviewed by the Editor.] The Evangelism Committee of the Grandville, MI PRC has published a 40-page booklet containing letters written…

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The First Blast of the Trumpet Against the Monstrous Regiment of Women, by John Knox. Dallas, Texas: Presbyterian Heritage Publications, 1993.95 pages. $5.95 (paper). [Reviewed by the Editor.] This is the John Knox, and this is his notorious condemnation of women’s governing (“regiment”) in society. Written in 1558 from Geneva,…

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Heaven on Earth?: The Social b Political Agendas of Dominion Theology, by Bruce Barron. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan Publishing House, 1992. 238 pages, $12.99 (paper). [Reviewed by the Editor.] Pat Robertson’s try for the United States presidency in 1988 made many aware of a determination in American evangelicalism to Christianize…

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FAITH & REASON, by Ronald H. Nash, Zondervan, 1988, 295 pages, $15.95 (hardcover). (Reviewed by James Lanting) Is the historic Christian faith rational? Is Christianity philosophically respectable or somehow epistemologically inferior to other world-views? How can a Christian convince the atheist of the reasonableness, say, of miracles or of the…

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In the Shadow of Death: Meditations for the Sick-Room and at the Death-Bed, by Abraham Kuyper. Audubon, NJ: Old Paths Publications, repr. 19994. 317 pp. $14.95 (cloth). (Reviewed by the Editor) Old Paths Publications has done us very good service in reprinting these meditations on sickness and dying, long out…

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WHAT MEAN YE BY THIS SERVICE?: PAEDOCOMMUNION IN LIGHT OF THE PASSOVER, by Richard Bacon; Presbyterian Heritage Publications, 1989; 42 pp.; $2.75. Available from Presbyterian Heritage Publications, P.O. Box 180922, Dallas, TX 75218. (Reviewed by the Editor) In recent years, men have introduced into Reformed and Presbyterian worship the novelty…

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Arthur W. Pink: Born to Write, by Richard P. Belcher. Columbia, SC: Richbarry Press, 1980; rev. ed. 1993. 165 pp. $6.95 (paper). Arthur W. Pink: Letters from Spartanburg, 1917- 1920, ed. Richard P. Belcher. Columbia, SC: Richbarry Press, 1993. 287 pp. $10.95 (paper). (Reviewed by the Editor) Arthur W. Pink:…

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THE MORE GLORIOUS COVENANT, by Gerrit Vos, Men’s Society, Protestant Reformed Church, Hudsonville, MI 49426, 1986, 312 pp. (Reviewed by the Rev. Norman L. Jones, Jr.) This review appeared in the December 9, 1988 issue of Christian Observer, a Presbyterian magazine published in Manassas, VA whose frequent references to the…

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ANOTHER GOSPEL, Alternative Religions and the New Age Movement, by Ruth A. Tucker. Grand Rapids, Academic Books, Zondervan Publication, 1989. pp. 1-462. $19.95. (cloth) (Reviewed by Agatha Lubbers.) Agatha Lubbers is administrator of Covenant Christian High School, Walker, Michigan. Among her duties is the teaching of a class on the…

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Ready To Give an Answer: A Catechism of Reformed Distinctives, by Herman Hoeksema and Herman Hanko. Grandville Michigan: Reformed Free Publishing Association, 1997. 238 pages. $24.95 (hardcover). [Reviewed by Rev. Arie denHartog.] We commend the Reformed Free Publishing Association for the publication of this book and thank Prof. Herman Hanko…

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Mysticism: An Evangelical Option?, by Winfried Corduam; Zondervan Publishing House, 1991; 150 pp., $14.95 (paper). [Reviewed by Prof. H. Hanko.] Anyone interested in mysticism in the church will probably want to consult this book. While it is somewhat philosophical and psychological in the first part of the book, especially the…

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The Gospel of John: A Theological Commentary, by Herman Ridderbos (translated by John Vriend). Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 1997. Pp. xiii-721. $42.00. (paper). [Reviewed by Prof. Robert D. Decker.] Herman Ridderbos, now retired, taught New Testament for many years at the Theological School of the Reformed…

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Satan, His Motives and Methods, by Lewis Sperry Chafer, Kregel Publications, Grand Rapids, Michigan, 1990, 143 pp., $7.95, (paper). [Reviewed by Pastor Arie denHartog.] This book is a reprint. It was originally published in 1919. The author of the book, Lewis Sperry Chafer, was an American Presbyterian clergyman (1871-1952). He…

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The Doctrine of Scripture, by Homer C. Hoeksema. Grand Rapids: Reformed Free Publishing Association, 1990. 93pp., $6.95 (paper). [Reviewed by Prof. R. Decker.] The contents of this little volume were prepared by Prof. Hoeksema for an elective class in the Protestant Reformed Seminary. The class was intended to introduce the…

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Ethical Dilemmas in Church Leadership: Case Studies in Biblical Decision Making, by Michael R. Milco. Grand Rapids, MI: Kregel, 1997. 192 pages. $10.99 (paper). [Reviewed by the editor.] The weaknesses of the book leap out at the Reformed reader. There is no clear recognition that the sole standard of Christian…

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