Christian Conviction And Scholarship

Baker’s Dictionary of Theology, edited by E. F. Harrison, G. W. Bromiley, and Carl F. H. Henry (Baker, 1960, 566 pp., $7.95), is reviewed by William Childs Robinson, Columbia Theological Seminary, Decatur, Georgia.

Add to the three respective editors of this volume the numerous American scholars whose labors have produced a score of articles, and the German scholarship available in such works as TWNT (Theologisches Wörterbuch zum Neuen Testament), and you have an evangelical masterpiece for which the reviewer predicts a phenomenal circulation. The articles are written to acquaint the reader with the tension points in theological discussion and to provide, in each case, a positive exposition of the biblical content. The minister who ponders these affirmations will find himself growing in wisdom and bringing out of his storehouse things new and old. Church members will find here a treasure of Christian information and a biblical answer to many questions.

Editor Harrison has planned each part of the book and has himself written excellent articles. Professor Bromiley, a Church of England scholar and authority on Barth, has drawn upon British scholarship from London to Melbourne, Edinburgh to Montreal, and from Cambridge to Sierre Leone. As the editor of CHRISTIANITY TODAY, Dr. Henry may be regarded as a symbol of our common Christian conviction with liberty of detailed dissent. He is also the writer of major articles on God, man, revelation, and inspiration.

Where to start in calling attention to the riches of this work is somewhat a problem. For Rector T. H. L. Parker, of England, “The essence of the doctrine of grace is that God is for us.… He is for us who in ourselves are against Him.… He ...

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