The Word That Rings True

Ring of Truth, J. B. Phillips (Macmillan, 1967, 125 pp., $2.75), is reviewed by Paul Rader, evangelist, Reality Evangelism, Inc., Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Today the key issue in theology is the authority of Scripture, and particularly the New Testament. Is it true? Are the records historically accurate and reliable? Are they authentic?

All kinds of critical studies and attacks have been made on the divine authority of Scripture, the only source of knowledge about Jesus Christ and the foundation of faith and practice. Whatever the motives of the critics, a result they have often achieved is doubt. The “hath God said?” of the deceptive serpent in Eden has been amplified a thousand fold through efforts to humanize and demythologize the New Testament. Often critics have not fully realized the way in which their destructive criticism has led people to reject the authority of the Bible and to consider its message to be unworthy of an educated person. The results have sometimes been tragic. Zealous and gifted evangelists have suddenly abandoned their call. Pastors have left their charges. Eager missionary candidates have turned back disillusioned. And some men have even taken their own lives.

Just such a case triggered the righteous anger of the Rev. J. B. Phillips and caused him to write this book. An elderly, retired clergyman read and listened to the irresponsible “experts” of the “new theology.” His beliefs and faith were so undermined that he took his own life, having concluded that his life’s work had been founded upon a lie. Upon learning of the tragedy, Canon Phillips made his decision:

I … felt it was high time that someone, who has spent the best years of his life in studying both the new Testament ...
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