Deep And Sensible

Creative Minds in Contemporary Theology, edited by Philip Edgcumbe Hughes (Eerdmans, 1966, 488 pp., $6.95), is reviewed by Willard H. Taylor, professor of biblical theology, Nazarene Theological Seminary, Kansas City, Missouri.

With the book presses running at an unprecedented pace these days, it takes a “heap of reading” for either the academician or the interested laymen to keep in close touch with the ideological movements of our times. Thus guidebooks like this one are welcome, for they not only compress a man’s thought into a concise statement but also offer some at-hand criticism of it.

Hughes judiciously defines the purpose of the book and, in the judgment of the reviewer, magnificently achieves it. The design is to present “a summary introduction to the principal teaching of some of the religious thinkers who have made an impact on contemporary theology,” which essentially is “the theology of our twentieth century in its great variety of manifestations—Reformed, liberal, evolutionistic, and so on” (p. 5). Hughes tries to avoid such weasel classifications as “modernistic” or “neo-orthodox.”

The scholars chosen to make the surveys appear to be substantially informed in the thought of the men assigned to them. Each contributor falls within the evangelical camp and is openly committed to a strong doctrine of the authority of the Holy Scripture.

Of the thirteen men discussed, seven are from the Continent, four from the British Isles, and two from the United States. One’s first glance at the list evokes the question why certain names are missing, but the editor admits that the selection was difficult and that a second collection of studies is under consideration.

Obviously a reviewer cannot comment in detail ...

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