The past year has produced some good books on church history and theology, though more from the standpoint of solid learning than of theological originality. One serious problem is inflation. Rising prices make it very hard for pastors and students to purchase the many books they should. Perhaps church boards or wealthier persons might help here. Another problem, one less easily solved, is finding time to do the reading.
Out of the wide range of 1970 titles, the following twenty are offered as works deserving special notice. Some others that might equally well have been included in the selection are mentioned in a few paragraphs at the end.
1. and 2. Pride of place must surely go to the last two volumes in “Library of Christian Classics.” Volume IX, ably edited by W. Pauck (Westminster), has interesting extracts from Melanchthon and Bucer., while Volume XVII, edited by E. G. Rupp with assistance from N. Marlow, P. Watson, and B. Drewery (Westminster), is devoted to the debate between Erasmus and Luther. These books, important in their own right, form a fitting conclusion to a combined American and British series that over the past twenty years has made available either new texts or translations from the early fathers to the reformers. Ignorance of theological history can have no valid excuse in the face of this series.
3. and 4. Mention of a great series reminds us that the Luther translation is now moving into its later stages. Two additions have been made this past year, Volumes 39 and 47. The former is in the section on Church and Ministry, the latter in that on The Christian in Society. Both of these are published by Fortress, which is responsible for Volumes 31 onward (the earlier volumes were published by Concordia). ...1
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