The pace of literary production was well maintained in this area during the past year. By any standards, however, much of it is ephemeral stuff, which at most will merely help to swell the bibliographies of doctoral dissertations and next year’s works. One wishes sometimes that the mind could be given a little more of the time devoted to the pen.
This is not to say that we do not have some solid work. In encyclopedias, for example, the Encyclopedia of the Lutheran Church (Augsburg) and the Catholic Dictionary of Theology, Volume II, are both valuable reference works. The Luther translation has also advanced with the Lectures on Genesis (Concordia), and T. H. L. Parker has given us a useful selection of English Reformers in “The Library of Christian Classics” (Westminster). The republication of the Works of Jonathan Edwards, Volume III (Yale), is another worthy project. Edwards will undoubtedly survive C. Cherry on The Theology of Jonathan Edwards (Doubleday). Another series to be noted is the new edition of apostolic fathers, to which Volume IV on Ignatius of Antioch (edited by R. M. Grant, Nelson) has now been added. J. Stevenson has also finished his sequel to the New Eusebius in Creeds, Councils and Controversies (SPCK), an invaluable collection of early Christian documents.
Early church history is by no means irrelevant to the present, and some of the finest studies are in this field. One might begin with a new and enlarged edition of Goodspeed’s History of Early Christian Literature (edited by R. M. Grant, University of Chicago). Henry Chadwick raises again some important issues in Early Christian Thought and the Classical Tradition (Oxford), and with H. von Campenhausen he also takes up the problems of succession and ...1
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