Month: May 2018

Review of The Gospel as Taught by Calvin by R. C. Reed

The Gospel As Taught By Calvin by R. C. Reed, Grand Rapids: Baker, Reprinted 1979, 159 pp. Contrary to what one might think based on the title, this book is not a analysis of Calvin’s written comments on the Gospel. While the author’s understanding of Calvinism is on display, he almost never actually quotes from Calvin’s …

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Review of Getting the Message by Daniel M. Doriani

Getting the Message, A Plan for Interpreting and Applying the Bible by Daniel M. Doriani, Phillipsburg, NJ: P&R, 1996, 255 pp. I had recently contacted Dr. Doriani, who teaches at Covenant Seminary, to ask him about what courses on American Presbyterian history he taught there. In our email conversation he mentioned his appreciation for Gordon …

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Review of The Life-Giving Parent by Clay & Sally Clarkson

The Life-Giving Parent, Giving Your Child a life worth living for Christ by Clay & Sally Clarkson, Tyndale Momentum, 2018, 232 pp. In The Life-Giving Parent, Clay and Sally Clarkson present some beneficial and Biblical ideas for raising children in a Christian home. I liked their description of “family planning” as not “about if or when …

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Review of The Truth About Christian Science by James H. Snowden

The Truth About Christian Science, The Founder and the Faith by James H. Snowden, Philadelphia: The Westminster Press, 1921, 313 pp. This is really a fantastic book. I came into it knowing nothing about Christian Science except that Mary Eddy Baker was its founder. The Truth About Christian Science informed me considerably about this religion/cult and …

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Review of Ecclesia Lutherana by Joseph A. Seiss

Ecclesia Lutherana: A Brief Survey of the Evangelical Lutheran Church by Joseph A. Seiss, Philadelphia: Canton Press of Sherman & Co., 1868, 276 pp. [The author Joseph A. Seiss (1823 – 1904) was an American Lutheran minister. Oddly for a Lutheran, he was a dispensationalist. Even more strangely for a Christian he wrote a book …

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Review of The Presbyterian Standards by Francis R. Beattie

The Presbyterian Standards: An Exposition of the Westminster Confession of Faith and Catechisms by Francis R. Beattie, Richmond, VA: The Presbyterian Committee of Publication, 1896, 431 pp. [While Francis R. Beattie (1848–1906) was at the time of publishing this book an ordained minister in the PCUS (Southern) and a professor at Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, …

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Review of United Presbyterianism by William J. Reid

United Presbyterianism by William J. Reid, Pittsburgh: United Presbyterian Board of Publication, 1881, 192 pages. [The copy I own was once owned by L. J. Graham of New Concord, OH who signed his name and the year 1891 in the book. He was the president of Muskingum College.] William J. Reid’s United Presbyterianism, published in 1881, comes …

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Review of Presbyterians by Geo. P. Hays

Presbyterians, A Popular Narrative of Their Origin, Progress, Doctrines, and Achievements by Geo. P. Hays, New York: J. A. Hill & Co, 1892, 544 pp. [The author George Pierce Hays (1838 – 1897) was the 2nd president of Washington and Jefferson College and later a minister of Presbyterian churches in Denver, Cincinnati, and Kansas City. …

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Review of "Burns and McCheyne" by James Alexander Stewart

William Chalmers Burns, Robert Murray McCheyne, Biographical Sketches by James Alexander Stewart, Asheville, NC: Revival Literature, undated, 106 pp. This book is a combined edition of William Chalmers Burns, A Man With Passion for Souls and Robert Murray McCheyne, Scholar — Saint, Seer – Soulwinner each apparently published in 1963. In recent years I’ve read a number …

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Gordon Clark's view of Romans 1:20

Perhaps the most commonly referenced verse in support of the cosmological argument for the existence of God is Romans 1:20, “For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse.” Since, …

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Is there a Dabney – d'Aubigné connection?

Was Robert Lewis Dabney a descendant of the Huguenot Théodore-Agrippa d’Aubigné? I had once heard that the surname “Dabney” of Robert Lewis Dabney (1820 – 1898), a leading American Southern Presbyterian pastor and theologian, came from the Huguenot family d’Aubigné. That is, “Dabney” would be an Anglicized version of “d’Aubigné.” One of the most well-known of …

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Review of The People's History of Presbyterianism by Robert P. Kerr

The People’s History of Presbyterianism in All Ages by Robert P. Kerr, Richmond, VA: Presbyterian Committee of Publication, 1888, Fourth Edition 1894, 284 pp. [A short bio of the author, Robert Pollock Kerr (1850-1923) can be found in History of William Jewel College: Liberty, Clay Country, Missouri, 1893,  p. 155 – 157. From this it …

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Review of "Attack on Everest" by Hugh Ruttledge

Attack on Everest by Hugh Ruttledge, New York: Robert M. McBride & Company, 1935, 339 pages. Hugh Ruttledge’s Attack on Everest is an account of the 1933 British expedition to Mt. Everest, only the fourth ever expedition to the world’s tallest mountain. Those knowledgeable about the history of climbing will realize that this books precedes …

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Review of "The Gulag Archipelago" by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

The Gulag Archipelago, An Experiment in Literary Investigation by Aleksandr Solzenhenitsyn, 1973, New York: Harper Perennial, Abridged 2002, 472 pp. The Gulag Archipelago is one of those “must read” books that I fully agree must be read. As a popular book it certainly has been reviewed thousands of times before. What then can a reviewer say that …

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Geneva Lecture 1: What is Religion? – On the Importance of Definitions

[This summer I’ll be giving three lectures and a speech at the Summer Studies in Christian Thought program at the Geneva Institute for Christian Thought in Elizabethton, Tennessee. (http://genevainstitute.org) If you are a junior or senior in high school or are in college, I recommend you check out the program and contact the institute if …

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