For Whom Did Christ Die?
by Prof. R.B. Kuiper
Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., Grand Rapids, Michigan. 104 pages. $2.00.
The doctrines distilled from Scripture come alive when placed in the middle of the contemporary religious scene. In this book Professor Kuiper discusses the theme of the divine design of the atonement. His lucid treatment of this distinctive tenet of the Reformed faith gains a measure of keen relevance as the author moves about the current theological scene. The Biblical teaching of the limited or definite atonement Is discussed in confrontation with unrestricted, Arminian and BartMan universalism. In the last two chapters of the book Kuiper describes scriptural particular· ism and scriptural universalism. He forges his arguments with a mass of Biblical material. He gives his readers Christian doctrine which arises directly from the inspired Word of God. As a loyal student of the whole Bible Kuiper remains unafraid of various apparent contradictions and allows his mind to be taken into the blessed captivity of the Lord and his Word.
Here is theology at its best in terms which the occupant of the pew can readily understand. The indices at the end of the book arc helpful in their completeness. Anyone who wants to deepen his understanding of the truth of the Reformed heritage ought to study this book. We recommend its purchase to every reader of this periodical.
A. C. DE JONG
Volume 3 – 2nd Completely Revised Ed.
J.H. Kok, Kampen, Netherlands – f 2950.
The third volume of this Christian Encyclopedia is as· fine a work as the preceding two volumes. On virtually every page the reader discovers rich deposits of truth. Such truths are brought to lucid and succinct expression by competent scholars. Every well informed Christian ought to own this set as a standard reference work. The articles are written in such a way that the reader finds himself searching farther into the suggested readings which are listed at the conclusion of each important subject.
It is next to impossible to give the readers of this notice an adequate picture of the quality of workmanship displayed in this set of books. I wish to mention one article written by Prof. Dr. C. A. Van Peursen. The article deals with the problem of the relation between faith and science. He discusses the history of this question by describing six relationships which have made their appearance. These six positions are: 1) De wetenschap overwint het geloof. 2) De dubbele waarheid. 3) Het geloof heft de wetenschap op. 4 ) De scheiding van geloof en wetenschap. 5) Tweeeriei wetenschap. 6) Het geloof als horizon der wetenschap. Members of the evangelical academic community can discover in Van Peursen’s summary of this problem a unique and distinctively Biblical solution to the vexing problem of the relation between faith and science. The author hits the nail squarely on the head when he writes: “De gelovigc staat anders in de wereld, stoat in zekere zin zelfs in cen andere wereJd, maar toch juist in verantwoordelijkheid voor en in arbeidsgemeenschap met de niet-christenen. Geloof maar hem de horb·.on van doze wereld eerst rlclltbaar. Zijn wetenschap zal hij geintegreerd moeten rien binnen de heilsboodsehap omtrent de wereld en zo in nieuwe blijdschap en ringeving zelfs rijn routine werk beschouwen (p. 142).” Scientific effort integrated within the framework of God’s redemptive message for our world remains the goal for every scientist who operates under the driving power of God’s redeeming Spirit. Christ Jesus indeed remains the root of our world and the root of all knowledge about our world.
This third volume of the Christian Encyclopedia merits the serious attention of those who still believe that there is a genuinely Christian world and life view. The Christian academic community in America can well make use of this work in trying to provide a comparable work in the English language. We unhesitatingly recommend this work to the readers of this periodical.
A. C. DE JONG