The closest thing to a systematic theology is the revision by John F. Walvoord of Major Bible Themes (Zondervan) by Lewis Sperry Chafer, whom Walvoord succeeded as president of Dallas Seminary. A work of current usefulness, despite the brevity of its treatment of traditional themes in theology such as Creation, Major Bible Themes is also of historical value because of its characteristic dispensational views. God’s Inerrant Word edited by John W. Montgomery (Bethany Fellowship) contains seminal essays in vigorous presentation and defense of the historic, orthodox view of Scripture.
PHILOSOPHY OF RELIGION Several substantial works have appeared in this field. Norman Geisler’s Philosophy of Religion (Zondervan) is really a textbook on fundamental theological problems, such as religious experience, the knowledge of God and the “proofs” of his existence, religious language, and the problem of evil; it is straightforward, easily understood, and very valuable. Malcolm L. Diamond in Contemporary Philosophy and Religious Thought (McGraw-Hill) goes into greater detail than Geisler does, and has extended treatments of several thinkers: Rudolph Otto, Martin Buber, William James, Sören Kierkegaard, Rudolf Bultmann, and, in a whole section of the book, Tillich, whose work Diamond calls “the most comprehensive system [of religious thought] that has been introduced in the twentieth century,” without himself adopting it. W. Donald Hudson in A Philosophical Approach to Religion (Barnes and Noble) examines and supports the logical structure of religious belief and its objectivity. He deals with the attempts of several theologians of the secular—Bonhoeffer, Braithwaite, Van Buren, Tillich, and Cox—to meet the challenge, attempts that Hudson ...1
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