Results tagged “Book review” from Reformation21

Two Tales of a Doctrine: Reviewing Definite Atonement

Article by   January 2014
This week we offer something slightly new. Tom McCall (Trinity Evangelical Divinity School) and Aaron Denlinger (Reformation Bible College) each provide their own review of the new edited work by David and Jonathan Gibson. Tom and Aaron hold differing views on the issue but what they offer us is the opportunity to see how they each analyze the concerns and theological commitments that attend the history of definite atonement's development as well as the pastoral sensitivities that are bound up with the doctrine. continue

God's Presence

Article by   January 2014
Frances Young, God's Presence: A contemporary recapitulation of early Christianity. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013, xiv + 474 pp., pb $29.99/£16.99 In 2011 Frances Young delivered a series of eight Bampton Lectures in the University of Oxford which, by all... continue

Systematic Theology: An Introduction

Article by   January 2014
John Frame. Systematic Theology: An Introduction to Christian Belief. Phillipsburg: P&R Publishing, 2013. $49.99/£39.99John Frame has managed to write a systematic theology (1280 pages). This is an extraordinary achievement when one considers that he has already written several significant volumes... continue

Justification Reconsidered

Article by   January 2014
Stephen Westerholm. Justification Reconsidered: Rethinking a Pauline Theme. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2013. pp. viii + 104. $15.00, paperback.Stephen Westerholm, professor at McMaster University, has long been known in critical scholarship for upholding the "Lutheran" Paul (his term) against all modern... continue

Paul and the Law

Article by   December 2013
Brian S. Rosner, Paul and the Law: Keeping the Commandments of God. NSBT 31; Downers Grove, Ill.: InterVarsity, 2013, 249 pp. $24.00./£15.00The apostle Peter famously said that "in all [Paul's] letters ... there are some things ... that are hard... continue

Presbyterians and American Culture

Article by   December 2013
Bradley, J. Longfield, Presbyterians and American Culture: A History. Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press, 2013. xiii + 262 pp. $30.00In the introduction of the republication of Charles Hodge's What is Darwinism? co-editors Mark Noll and David Livingstone contend that Hodge's... continue

Self, World, and Time

Article by   November 2013
Oliver O'Donovan. Self, World, and Time: Ethics as Theology, volume 1, An Induction. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2013. xiii + 138 pp. Oliver O'Donovan, the now-retired doyen of Christian ethics and political theology, has always posed a unique challenge to the would-be-reviewer.... continue

Desiring the Kingdom

Article by   November 2013
James K. A. Smith, Desiring the Kingdom: Worship, Worldview, and Cultural Formation. Cultural Liturgies, vol. 1. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2009, 240pp. $22.99/£12.99In Desiring the Kingdom, James K. A. Smith sets forth a vision of Christian formation that seeks to... continue

Spiritual Formation in Emerging Adulthood

Article by   October 2013
David P. Setran and Chris A. Kiesling, Spiritual Formation in Emerging Adulthood: A Practical Theology for College and Young Adult Ministry. Grand Rapids, Baker Academic, 2013. v + 280pp. Paperback $21.99.According to Setran and Kiesling, the years between 18 and... continue

Recovering Classic Evangelicalism

Article by   October 2013
Recovering What Exactly? A Review of Gregory Thornbury's Recovering Classic Evangelicalism: Applying the Wisdom and Vision of Carl F. H. HenryHe was the founder of Christianity Today, he wrote The Uneasy Conscience of American Fundamentalism (1947), and whenever you see... continue

Mind and Cosmos

Article by   September 2013
Thomas Nagel. Mind and Cosmos: Why the Materialist Neo-Darwinian Conception of Nature is Almost Certainly False. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012. 130 pp.  Hardcover: $24.95.There are basically three types of modern atheists: soft atheists, hard atheists, and conflicted atheists. Soft... continue

Covenantal Apologetics

Article by   September 2013
K. Scott Oliphint, Covenantal Apologetics: Principles and Practice in Defense of Our Faith. Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2013, 277pp. $19.99In his latest work, Covenantal Apologetics, K. Scott Oliphint seeks to recast Cornelius Van Til's presuppositional apologetics as "covenantal apologetics" - a... continue

An Introduction to German Pietism

Article by   September 2013
Douglas H. Shantz, An Introduction to German Pietism: Protestant Renewal at the Dawn of Modern Europe. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2013, 520 pp. $32.00"The ideologies and institutions of modernity are...the tangled continuation, development, and extension of late medieval... continue

Migrations of the Holy

Article by   August 2013
William T. Cavanaugh. Migrations of the Holy: God, State, and the Political Meaning of the Church. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2011, 208 pp. $18.00. Few political theologians over the past fifteen years have been as consistently stimulating or provocative as William T.... continue

The Lion's World

Article by   August 2013
Rowan Williams, The Lion's World: A Journey into the Heart of Narnia. Oxford :Oxford University Press, 2012, 168 pp. $16.95/£11.00 (hardcover)When the film version of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe first hit screens in December of 2005, a... continue

Night of the Confessor

Article by   July 2013
Tomás Halík, Night of the Confessor: Christian Faith in an Age of Uncertainty (New York: Image, 2012), 223pp. £7.00/$13.00Indisputably, no theologian in the Czech Republic or Slovakia today is anywhere near as influential as Tomás Halík, Catholic priest and psychotherapist,... continue

Engaging with Keller

Article by   July 2013
Iain D. Campbell and William M. Schweitzer, eds., Engaging with Keller: Thinking Through the Theology of an Influential Evangelical (Darlington: Evangelical Press, 2013), 240pp.  paperback, £9.99/ $15.99This fascinating volume is something of an in-house discussion into which, because of the... continue

How the West Really Lost God

Article by   July 2013
Mary Eberstadt. How the West Really Lost God (West Conshohocken, Pa.: Templeton Press, 2013), x + 257 pp. $24.95 (cloth).Conservative Protestants are suspicious of fake Christianity. Liberal Protestants or Roman Catholics may set the bar lower for church membership, but... continue

iPod, YouTube, Wii Play

Article by   July 2013
D. Brent Layham, iPod, YouTube, Wii Play: Theological Engagements with Entertainment (Eugene, OR: Cascade Books, 2012), x + 220 pp., $24.00 D. Brent Laytham, a professor of theology at St. Mary's Seminary and University in Baltimore, has written a very... continue

What is Marriage? Man and Woman: A Defense

Article by   July 2013
Sherif Girgis, Ryan T. Anderson, and Robert P. George, What Is Marriage? Man and Woman: A Defense (New York: Encounter, 2012), 168 pp., $ 15.99This book is an expansion of a controversial article in the Harvard Journal of Law &... continue

The Myth of Persecution

Article by   June 2013
This is an entertaining, at times thought-provoking, but deeply flawed book. For all of its underlying scholarship, it is reminiscent of those Christmas Specials on the History Channel where some learned scholar announces to the camera that the Bible never specified that there were three wise men. Cue portentous pause, the assumption apparently being that somewhere in the ensuing silence one can hear two thousand years of Christian theology (rather than a mere century of kitsch festive season artwork) collapsing into a heap of rubble. continue

God So Loved, He Gave

Article by   June 2013
Kelly M. Kapic with Justin Borger, God So Loved, He Gave: Entering the Moment of Divine Generosity. (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2010), 280 pp., $19.99Kelly Kapic's God So Loved, He Gave is a compelling presentation of the Christian Gospel with a... continue

A Faith Worth Teaching

Article by   June 2013
Jon D. Payne and Sebastian Heck, eds., A Faith Worth Teaching: The Heidelberg Catechism's Enduring Heritage (Grand Rapids: Reformation Heritage Books, 2013), 360ppIf you can keep a secret, I will share it with you: I am falling in love with the Heidelberg... continue

Between Babel and Beast

Article by   May 2013
Peter J. Leithart, Between Babel and Beast (Eugene, OR: Cascade Books, 2012) 200 pp. $24.00. ISBN 978-1-60899-817-3 (pbk.).Peter J. Leithart has established himself as a leading evangelical and Reformed voice on a dizzying array of subjects: just within the past... continue

Chesterton: The Nightmare Goodness of God

Article by   May 2013
Ralph C. Wood, Chesterton: The Nightmare Goodness of God (Baylor University Press, 2011)$34.95, hardcover, 325 pagesIn Book eight, Chapter twelve of his Nicomachean Ethics, Aristotle asserts a seemingly common-sense truth that has been progressively forgotten, ignored, or repressed over the course... continue


Article by   May 2013
Vern Sheridan Poythress, Logic: A God-Centered Approach to the Foundation of Western Thought (Wheaton: Crossway, 2013), 730pp., $45.00I would like to express my sincere gratitude to Crossway for their gracious provision of a review copy of this book.The term "polymath"... continue

What We Talk About When We Talk About God

Article by   May 2013
Rob Bell, What We Talk About When We Talk About God (New York: HarperOne, 2013), 240 pp., $16.00"Detheologizing" ChristianityFor those who have read Rob Bell's other books (such as Love Wins and Velvet Elvis), the tone, disposition, and content of... continue

A Christian's Pocket Guide to Baptism

Article by   April 2013
Robert Letham, A Christian's Pocket Guide to Baptism: The Water that Unites. Fearn: Christian Focus, 2012. Paper. $7.99.Baptism is one of the more regularly practiced rites in the church, but is likely one of the least understood. Though churches use... continue

The Devil and Pierre Gernet: Stories

Article by   April 2013
The Devil and Pierre Gernet: Storiesby David Bentley HartEerdmans, 2012$25.00, paper, 176 pages My Dinner with D. B. Hart Though much has been written, and continues to be written, on the dramatic monologues of Robert Browning, far too few critics have celebrated, or even noticed,... continue

Lady Jane Grey

Article by   December 2012
Simonetta Carr, Lady Jane Grey (Grand Rapids: Reformation Heritage Books, 2012), $18.00, hardcover.One of the most encouraging trends in Christian children's literature is the publication of more stories that our kids will not like. If our children like all their... continue

Kingdom Through Covenant

Article by   October 2012
Peter J. Gentry and Stephen J. Wellum, Kingdom Through Covenant: A Biblical-Theological Understanding of the Covenants (Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2012) 848pp.The new volume by Gentry and Wellum, Kingdom Through Covenant (KtC), has gained high praise among many Reformed Baptists. This... continue

Lifted: Experiencing the Resurrection Life

Article by   October 2012
Sam Allberry, Lifted: Experiencing the Resurrection Life (Phillipsburg: P&R Publishing, 2012). 142 pages. First published in the UK by Inter-Varsity Press in 2010. IntroductionMany people recite the Apostle's Creed each Lord's Day and profess the resurrected Christ, but the power of... continue

The Best of The Reformed Journal

Article by   June 2012
James D. Bratt and Ronald A. Wells, eds., The Best of the Reformed Journal (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2011), 343 pages.A Spirited DiscussionOn the surface, this volume is an oddly delightful anthology of pithy readings culled from the four-decade run of... continue

Results tagged “Book review” from Reformation21 Blog

Faith Without Fanaticism by Dr. John Seel

Article by   June 2011
FAITH WITHOUT FANATICISM A Review of Robert D. Putnam and David Campbell's American Grace: How Religion Divides and Unites Us   "King Solomon, however, loved many foreign women besides Pharaoh's daughter.... As Solomon grew old, his wives turned his heart... continue
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