Another avalanche of literature has descended. May it be that this age will be buried under too much print, or is most of it unread? Certainly, no man can read it all, and this means that a selection must be made of what seems to be (temporarily at least) interesting and significant. Not all the works mentioned below would, of course, go on the choice list of recommended reading. And selection, like method, tends to be arbitrary.
A good place to start is with additions to established series. New Luther volumes (Fortress and Concordia) include the Liturgy and Hymns and Lectures on Genesis. The “Oxford Library of Protestant Thought” has made great strides with volumes on Melanchthon, God and Incarnation in Mid-Nineteenth Century German Theology, Horace Bushnell, and Reformed Theology (all Oxford). (Incidentally, why did the last volume have to have a title so like the great Heppe’s title, and then claim to be breaking new ground?) Notable additions have also been made to the “Pelican Church History” with Stephen Neill’s History of Christian Missions (Eerdmans) and O. Chadwick’s The Reformation, and to the “Advance of Christianity Series,” also published by Eerdmans, G. W. H. Parker has contributed The Morning Star. A series of dogmatic studies that evangelicals should not miss is that of G. C. Berkouwer, the latest addition being The Work of Christ (Eerdmans). Roman Catholicism also has its new series in Concilium: Theology in an Age of Renewal (Paulist Press); the first seven titles list such well-known “progressive” names as Congar, Rahner, Küng, and Baum.
In reprints, the important “Courtenay Library of Reformation Classics” has now published its first two volumes, Tyndale and Cranmer, in an American edition (Fortress). Eerdmans ...1
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