Shelf Life

Shelf Life

David A. Gilland
Alister E. McGrath. Emil Brunner: A Reappraisal . Oxford: Wiley Blackwell, 2014. XIV, 246 pp. $99.95/£45.99 The needs and purposes of scholarship, along with the peculiarities of the history of theology, have resulted in a hodge-podge collection of secondary literature on 20th century Swiss...
Noel Weeks
Peter Enns, The Bible Tells Me So ...: Why Defending Scripture Has Made Us Unable to Read It. New York: Harper Collins, 2014. $17.99/£10.99 This is not an easy book to review because a review calling into question the accuracy of statements or the cogency of arguments could easily be accused of...
Kyle Strobel
Peter W. Martens, Origen and Scripture: The Contours of the Exegetical Life . Oxford Early Christian Studies (Oxford: OUP, 2012) xii +280. $117.00 hb. $34.00 pb The reception of Origen is nothing if not tumultuous. Unquestionably one of the greatest minds of church history, Origen's ideas were...
Thomas H. McCall
Matthew Barrett. Salvation By Grace: The Case for Effectual Calling and Regeneration . Philipsburg, NJ: P&R Publishing, 2014. 388 pp. $19.99/₤13.99 As a Wesleyan-Arminian Christian (and thus only "Reformed" in a fairly broad sense), I am keenly interested in the doctrine of the new birth. It...
W. Bradford Littlejohn
"What is this love that loves us?" asks Marina, the lead character, in one of the many voice-overs that stand in for dialogue in this spectral, mesmerizing, maddeningly unorthodox film. To the Wonder takes as its starting point this fundamental mystery of human existence, the realization that life...
James N. Anderson. What's Your Worldview? An Interactive Approach to Life's Big Questions . Wheaton, IL: Crossway. 112pp. $10.99 To say that books on worldviews are something of a cottage industry in evangelical circles would immediately stand me in good stead for the "Understatement of the Year"...
Jonathan Huggins
Shayne Wheeler. The Briarpatch Gospel: Fearlessly Following Jesus Into the Thorny Places . Tyndale Momentum, 2013. iii + 257 pp. $14.99. Shayne Wheeler has written a wonderfully challenging, encouraging, and deeply personal work of pastoral theology. The Briarpatch Gospel challenges believers to...
Paul Helm Articles
Oliver Crisp, Deviant Calvinism: Broadening Reformed Theology . Minneapolis, Fortress Press, 2014, 260 pages, $27.99/£21.99 Oliver Crisp has a deservedly high reputation for his clear expositions of Christian doctrine from an analytical and philosophical angle, notably in regard to the Incarnation...
Andrew Hoffecker
David Hollinger, After Cloven Tongues of Fire: Protestant Liberalism in Modern American History. Princeton, Princeton University Press 2013, ix + 248pp. $24.99/£17.99 The trajectory of mainline American religion has suffered significantly since their peak in the 1950s. Decreases in number of...
Stephen N Williams
Jan De Bruijn. Abraham Kuyper: a Pictorial Biography . Grand Rapids, MI/ Cambridge, UK: Eerdmans, 2014, x + 418pp, $40.00/₤25.99 From the cover of James Bratt's recent and fine biography, Abraham Kuyper's eyes look out at you and ask the question: 'Are you my rival or my subordinate?' Jan De Bruijn...