The most welcome general book in the field of theology last year was The Joyful Christian (Macmillan), a selection of 127 readings from fifteen theological writings of the late C. S. Lewis. Although widely ignored in academic theology, Lewis’s books are probably the bestselling and most influential general treatments of Christian doctrine. It is strange that so many academic theologians delight in finding “meaning” in just about everything except what they denigrate as “lay” theology.
Another popular author had a somewhat similar compilation. Reflections on Life’s Most Crucial Questions (Harper & Row) is a topical collection of short excerpts from the writings of Paul Toumier.
The only major new work of systematic theology is the second volume of Helmut Thielicke’s The Evangelical Faith (Eerdmans) that treats the doctrine of God and of Christ. One more volume is in preparation. On a more popular and consistently evangelical level J. Heading and C. E. Hocking have collected nearly 100 short articles on the various divisions of theology (except for the church, which was treated in a separate book earlier) and entitled it Treasury of Bible Doctrine (Everyday Publications [230 Glebemount Ave., Toronto, Canada M4C 3T4]).
Miscellaneous (but not systematic) collections by evangelical authors include: Obeying Christ in a Changing World, three volumes (Collins + World), edited by John Stott, consisting of papers prepared for an Evangelical Anglican Congress in England; Our Sovereign God (Baker) edited by James Boice, with fifteen papers read at conferences on Reformed theology; volume one of the Collected Writings of John Murray (Banner of Truth), professor of systematics at Westminster Seminary, 1937–66; and volumes six and seven of ...1
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