In Honor Of W. C. Robinson

Soli Deo Gloria, edited by J. McDowell Richards (John Knox, 1968, 176 pp., $5), is reviewed by Glenn W. Baker, professor of New Testament, Gordon Divinity School, Wenham, Massachusetts.

This volume is offered as a tribute to Dr. William Childs Robinson on the occasion of his retirement from forty-one years of teaching at Columbia Theological Seminary. The esteem that this professor of church history, church polity, and apologetics enjoys among his colleagues is attested by the reputation of those who contribute to this Festschrift. Among the nine distinguished scholars who write are Dr. Robinson’s own two sons.

The introductory offering is by Oscar Cullmann, “The Relevance of Redemptive History.” The article has special interest because it includes corrections that Cullmann has made to his own system: redemptive history no longer is thought to move in a straight or unbroken line, nor is all of secular history considered redemptive. Nonetheless, Cullmann remains convinced of the superiority of his position, especially when viewed in the light of its modern counterparts:

In every way redemption history, far from interesting only the past and driving us back to an outmoded position, is an element of life which urges us forward, because it is capable of placing our modern time with all its prodigious progress within the continuity of a past history and the perspective of future history.

In the article “Jesus Is Lord,” F. F. Bruce denies that this confession owes its existence to Hellenistic Christianity (against W. Kramer) and that it was originally associated with the Parousia. The ascription of Lordship, he affirms, “can be accounted for only by the immediate impact which personal confrontation with Jesus—living, ...

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