It is in many ways a healthy sign that the past year has been especially fruitful in the historical and theological fields. In a survey it is inevitable that only a selection should be given out of the great number of titles, and even selection is difficult in view of the many significant works. Here, however, are some which seem to make a real contribution in the different areas.
In church history, the 400th anniversary of the Scottish Reformation naturally produced some interesting work, and it was a particular pleasure that Principal J. H. S. Burleigh, Moderator of the Church of Scotland for the year, should publish his Church History of Scotland (O.U.P.). In addition, Gordon Donaldson, Reader in Scottish history at Edinburgh, made a twofold contribution from the Episcopalian angle with his valuable Scottish Reformation (CUP) and a more popular general history, Scotland: Church and Nation through 16 Centuries (SCM)
In the more general field, Professor Kenneth Latourette pursues his massive series on Christianity in a Revolutionary Age, and Volume III on The Nineteenth Century Outside Europe (Harper) is on the present winter list. Another valuable study in a complicated area is William R. Cannon’s History of Christianity in the Middle Ages (Abingdon). More specialized studies which deserve notice include Franklin Hamlin Littell’s The German Phoenix (Doubleday), in which an account is given of the results of the church struggle against Hitler, and a fresh account of the history of Bible translation into English in God’s Word Into English by Dewey M. Beegle (Harper). The latter is especially timely in view of the impending publication of the new British revision. Nor should we forget to mention Professor Herbert ...1
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