The Christian Church is awakening to the New Testament truth that the personal witness of all Christian laymen as well as ministers is essential if the Gospel of Christ is to penetrate the world. To have maximum impact, laymen must be wholeheartedly committed to Jesus Christ and biblically and theologically informed. A thorough knowledge of the Bible is necessary both for vigorous advancement of the Christian faith and for discernment and effective resistance of the false gods and false theology found in vital sectors of modern culture and the institutional church.

Faithful study of the Scriptures should be augmented by the study of works by Christian scholars and writers that help one handle the biblical record and comprehend the swirling moral and theological issues of our day. To induce laymen limited in biblical knowledge to undertake a reading program that will lead to theological literacy, we here recommend as a starter twenty books from various areas of religious study.

The list includes books to be devoured at one sitting and basic works to which the reader will return again and again. The books are not necessarily the greatest scholarly tomes in their fields but do present substantial and sometimes brilliant expositions within the intellectual grasp of most laymen with a bent for learning. Pastors also would do well to read and use these volumes and order them for their church libraries.

Contemporary Theology

CREATIVE MINDS IN CONTEMPORARY THEOLOGY, edited by Philip Edgcumbe Hughes (Eerdmans, 1966,488 pp., S6.95).

The bristling activity in theological studies in the twentieth century is now significantly influencing the message heard from our pulpits. This symposium of essays by prominent evangelical scholars on the ...

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