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College and Church Discussions concerning the relation of college and church are wide· spread today. In a provocative article “What Is a Church-Related College?” Dr. Winston L. King of Grinnell College, Iowa speaks of a growing tendency to seek closer alliance. He writes only of “church-related” colleges. The term is “a very elastic hamper” which “covers all those institutions […]

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The Reformed Review During the past eight years the faculty of Western Seminary at Holland, Michigan, has issued a small quarterly bulletin. With the opening of a fine new seminary building, the faculty decided “to signalize this happy event” by improving their periodical. Since last October The Western Seminary Bulletin has appeared in a new format under the […]

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The Church and Politics A five year controversy between the clergymen and the laymen of the National Council of Churches was recently “disclosed” from the laymen’s side in the U.S. News and World Report (Feb. 3, 1956, pp. 43–48). Mr. J. Howard Pew, former president of the Sun Oil Company, reports that the 190 member Laymen’s Committee, […]

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John Calvin and Educational Reform Dr. W. Stanford Reid (Professor of History at McGill University, Montreal) has written a stimulating article on “Calvin and the Founding of the Academy of Geneva” (Westminster Theological Journal, November, 1955, pp. 1–33). Calvin is known of course for his reformation of the church, but not so much for the reformation […]

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The Free University – Church and State During October the Free University of Amsterdam celebrated its seventy.fifth anniversary. The Reformed people of the Netherlands had good reason to rejoice in the progress of their university. It was begun in 1880 with a faculty of five, a student body of three and no campus. Today it has […]

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The Dead Sea Scrolls: Theologians, usually more interested in “sheep” than “goats,” have recently become profoundly interested in the results of one stray goat. A shepherd’s search for a lost goat in the desert of ancient Judah led to the discovery of ancient manuscripts in a cave near the Dead Sea in 1947. Chief interest so […]

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Many months ago the editors of this magazine invited me to contribute a regular (bi-monthly) column of theological comment. Now that the press of classroom duties has momentarily subsided, I am happy to comply with their request. The purpose of this column is to call attention to significant articles and events in the theological world which […]

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Christian Baptism: The Reformed Interpretation

John Murray: CHRISTIAN BAPTISM. Philadelphia: The Committee on Christian Education, The Orthodox Presbyterian Church. 1952. vii, 93. $1.75.* Most controversies throughout the history of the church have at least contributed to a clearer understanding of the truths of Scripture. But quite the opposite seems true of those distressing conflicts concerning the sacraments which have divided […]

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The Development of Christian Doctrine in History

THE PROGRESS OF DOGMA. By James Orr. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1952. 365 pages. $3.00. DE ONTWIKKELING VAN HET DOGMA IN DE ROOMS KATHOLIEKE THEOLOGIE. By G.E. Meuleman. Kampen, The Netherlands: J.H. Kok, 1951. 166 pages. Both of these books deal with the progress of dogma. Orr gives a history of dogma from the Protestant standpoint while Meuleman […]

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Dr. Cornelius Van Til: The Centennial of His Birth

Both Dr. Cornelius (Kees) Van Til and his wife, Rena Klooster; were born in 1895—he in May and she in October. On the occasion of the Van Tils’ eightieth birthday(s), the editor of this journal asked me to write an article to commemorate that event (Torch and Trumpet, Oct. 1975, pp. 1921). In response to […]

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