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Varieties of Christian Apologetics: An Introduction to the Christian Philosophy of Religion by BERNARD RAMM Baker, 199 pages, $3.95 In this new edition, Ramm rewrites his early study of Christian apologetics in terms of greater usability as a textbook Besides various cuts and revisions, two chapters have been substituted for earlier ones. As a textbook, Ramm’s work […]

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Man: The Image of God by G.C. BERKOUWER Eerdmans, 1962. 375 pages. Price $6.00 This is the eighth volume to appear in the American edition of Professor Berkouwer’s “Studies in Dogmatics.” It is an excellent source-book for any one who wishes to study the history of the dogma of man as the image of God. […]

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In Den Beginne by HELMUTH FREY Exposition of Genesis I–XI. Translated from the German by Rev. H. A. Wiersenga. Wever, Freneker, 188 pages. Whereas formerly the first three chapters of Genesis were particularly the object of special consideration (see the monumental work of Dr. Aalders), it has come to the reviewer’s attention that this is […]

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HOME VISITING: A SOURCE OF BLESSING “House-visitation,” or family visiting, is rightly held in high honor among us. Our Church Order stipulates that the elders shall “visit the families” to comfort, instruct, and exhort them (Article 23). Art. 55 says that ministers and elders shall at “family visiting” teach, refute, admonish, and warn regarding false doctrines […]

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COMPLEMENTARY TRUTHS AND HERESY Christian theology consists largely, if not exclusively, of pairs of complementary truths. Divine sovereignty and human responsibility, the deity of Christ and his humanity. election and the covenant of grace, reprobation and the sincere offer of the gospel, Christianity as doctrine and as life, the guidance of the church into the […]

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LITERATE—FOR WHAT? Gandhi’s grandson reportedly once said that while Christian missionaries had taught his people to read, the Communists had furnished them with reading materials. The question arises, “Are we failing new converts by not filling the vacuum created when they give up their pagan gods for the Christian way of life?” Is not American democracy […]

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THE NEW BIBLICISM – II Those who take the words of Scripture literally concerning such basic doctrines as creation, election, atonement, virgin birth, resurrection. etc., are scornfully referred to by the liberals as ‘literalists.” However, when they themselves draw on the Bible for support of some of their ideas they also take the teachings of Jesus literally and, […]

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The Decline of Good Reading

The reading habits of the average evangelical Christian in the United States, as far as I have been able to observe them, are so wretchedly bad as actually to arrest the spiritual development of the individual believer and block the progress of the faith he professes to hold. So powerful is the effect of the printed […]

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Books Received

EXPOSITION OF EPHESIANS (Chapter 1–2:10), Thomas Goodwin, Sovereign Grace Book Club, $5.95. JEROME’S COMMENTARY ON DANIEL, tr. G.L. Archer, Jr., Baker, 1958. $3.95. THE LIFE AND TEACHINGS OF JOHN CALVIN a study manual, John H. Bratt $.75, $7.50 dozen. THE TWO EMPIRES IN JAPAN, John M.L. Young, Bible Times Press, $2.00. FUNDAMENTALISM AND THE WORD […]

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