A collection of four somewhat diverse topics is viewed in this book survey: social issues, cults, Jewish-Christian material, and the papacy. The latter two are of perennial interest, producing significant numbers of books on a regular basis. The former two are of current interest—whether passing or not remains to be seen.

Interest in matters of social concern continues to increase. It is no longer considered “social-gospeling” to look seriously at matters where faith touches life. Indeed, our very survival may depend on how seriously we take our responsibility to monitor science or how we treat our environment.

Some fine work is being done, but more is needed. It is probably true that quantity still outstrips quality here, but we are moving in the right direction.

The cults are a deep concern in the wake of the Jonestown tragedy, eliciting informed response from evangelical Christians. It is often difficult for the average lay person to keep up with what is going on because of the rapid change in this area, but also because hard data are sometimes unavailable. The books presented here have some first-rate research and should provide helpful guidance in a complex subject.

Social Issues

These are difficult to classify because of overlap, but the categories below will do as covering groupings.

The environment. Responsible use of our resources could emerge from the modern energy crisis if we behave Christianly. This is well outlined in Whatever Happened to Eden (Tyndale), by John R. Schaeffer and Raymond H. Brand. Let the Earth Bless the Lord (Seabury), edited by C. A. Cesaretti and Stephen Commins, is a helpful book presenting a Christian perspective on land use. Earthkeeping (Eerdmans), edited by Loren Wilkinson, is a fine collection ...

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