The past year saw a steady stream of new theological and historical books, interrupted only by the printing strike that afflicted Britain for several weeks during the summer. Many of these works will meet only a temporary need and may be left aside for the purpose of our survey. Among the rest, there are quite a number of solid merit from different standpoints and in different spheres, though few if any are likely to prove of decisive theological significance. Perhaps our best plan is not to attempt any invidious ranking, but to consider some of the outstanding works according to relevant categories.
We mention first some new contributions in the sphere of ecclesiastical history and doctrine. A new account of the first beginnings of Christian theology has been attempted by J. N. D. Kelly in his Early Christian Doctrines, a book which may prove no less valuable and a little more readable than the Bethune-Baker, so well known to theological students. Professor Latourette has carried a stage further his latest studies in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries with volume II of his Christianity in a Revolutionary Age, and a new and slightly revised edition of Williston Walker’s History of the Christian Church is also welcomed. The quater-centenary of the Scottish Reformation, now in course of celebration, evoked a fresh study of John Knox under the title of The Thundering Scot, by Geddes McGregor, together with an informative new survey due to appear at the end of the year or early in 1960 by the Edinburgh scholar Dr. Gordon Donaldson, The Scottish Reformation. The past year was also one of the many Calvin anniversaries; and while it produced little historical writing of note, attention should be paid to a valuable account of ...1
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