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Theology

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Augustine, St., Enchiridion on Faith, Hope, and Love, Gateway Editions, Regnery Publishing, 1966 [421]. The review was printed in the March 2002 issue (Volume 14, No. 3) of Evangel News.

Boice, James Montgomery, Foundations of the Christian Faith: A Comprehensive & Readable Theology, InterVarsity Press, 1986. Reviewed in August 2009.

Bonar, Horatius, and Charles Hodge, Not What My Hands Have Done, The Trinity Foundation, 2005. The review was printed in the March 2006 issue (Volume 18, No. 3) of Evangel News.

Bruner, Frederick Dale, A Theology of the Holy Spirit: The Pentecostal Experience and the New Testament Witness, The Trinity Foundation, 2001 [Eerdmans, 1970]. The review was printed in the September 2007 issue (Volume 19, No. 9) of Evangel News.

Calvin, John, The Bondage and Liberation of the Will, Baker Books, 1996. The review was printed in the July & August 2001 issue (Volume 13, No. 7 & 8) of Evangel News.

Carson, D.A., The Difficult Doctrine of the Love of God, Crossway Books, 2000. The review was printed in the September 2005 issue (Volume 17, No. 9) of Evangel News.

Carson, D.A., Divine Sovereignty and Human Responsibility: Biblical Perspectives in Tension, Wipf and Stock Publishers, 2002 [Baker Books, 1994]. The review was printed in the June & July 2005 issue (Volume 17, No. 6 & 7) of Evangel News.

Carson, D.A., Exegetical Fallacies, second edition, Baker Books, 1996 [ninth printing, August 2004]. The review was printed in the December 2005 issue (Volume 17, No. 12) of Evangel News.

Clark, Gordon H., In Defense of Theology, The Trinity Foundation, 2007. The review was printed in the January 2008 issue (Volume 20, No. 1) of Evangel News.

Crampton, W. Gary, What Calvin Says: An Introduction to the Theology of John Calvin, second edition, The Trinity Foundation, 2002. The review was printed in the February 2006 issue (Volume 18, No. 2) of Evangel News.

Demarest, Bruce, The Cross and Salvation: The Doctrine of Salvation , Crossway, 1997. This is the best book in print that I know of on soteriology, the doctrine of salvation. How I wish that I had come across it when it first came out! How I wish that it been written many years earlier, and I had read it then. I have very much needed this book! I had never even heard of Bruce Demarest before coming across this book. Demarest is very knowledgeable, and is also an excellent writer. He is clear, and very thorough. He teaches at Denver Seminary. At the very beginning of Chapter One, Demarest writes "The issue of one's future security, if not eternal destiny, is uppermost in the hearts and minds of most right-thinking people." And then a couple lines farther down the page, he writes "It is obvious even to the casual reader that the central message of the Bible concerns the spiritual recovery or salvation of lost men and women." Demarest presents the various views of salvation as understood by Roman Catholics, Theological liberals, Christian existentialists, those who hold to Liberation Theology, those who hold to Barthian neoorthodoxy, Arminians, and Reformed. This thorough approach brings order out of confusion, and puts the different understandings of salvation in clear contrast with one another.
       I provide, here, links to three reviews of this book. The first one is by Phil Gons. Gons has a PhD in theology, and is the director of marketing for Logos Bible Software. Click Demarest's last name above for this review.
       The second review is by Gary Gromacki, at the time of the review Assistant Professor of Theology and Bible at Bible Baptist Seminary in Clarks Summit, PA., now Professor of Bible and Homiletics at the same institution. This review was published in volume 3, no. 1, Spring 1999, of the Bible Baptist Journal of Ministry & Theology. To view this review, click here.
       The third review is by someone who identifies himself only as "Charlie," a student at Villanova University. To view this review, click here.
       These reviews were posted on this Cloud of Witnesses web site on May 13, 2014.

Edwards, Jonathan, Faith Beyond Feelings: Discerning the Heart of True Spirituality, Victor, 2005. The review was printed in the February 2007 issue (Volume 19, No. 2) of Evangel News.

Feinberg, John S., No One Like Him: The Doctrine of God, Crossway Books, 2001. The review posted here is by John D. Morrison, Professor of Philosophy and Theology at Liberty University and Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary, and appeared in the Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society (JETS), December 2003, pp. 699-709. While Morrison "can only give John Feinberg's magnum opus No One Like Him the absolutely highest commendation and recommendation. This work has further solidified Feinberg's place as a theological leader of evangelicalism. This text must be the root and basis of the ongoing developmental unfolding of historical orthodoxy's manifold God-concept and God-talk. . . . This should be a required text related not only to the doctrine of God but philosophy of religion", but he does differ with Feinberg on some points. Morrison's review comes across to me as a fine and thoughtful one. Feinberg, in his No One Like Him, seems to me as being, for the most part, highly conservative and orthodox, yet not just restating what has been said before, but gives evidence of having thought through each issue very carefully himself. I highly recommend this book. This review was posted on June 6, 2014.

Holifield, E. Brooks, Theology in America: Christian Thought from the Age of the Puritans to the Civil War, Yale University Press, 2003. The review was printed in the February 2008 issue (Volume 20, No. 2) of Evangel News.

Johnson, Thomas K., What Difference Does the Trinity Make?: A Complete Faith, Life, and Worldview, Verlag fŁr Kultur und Wissenschaft, 2009.Reviewed in March 2010.

Nichols, Stephen J., An Absolute Sort of Certainty: The Holy Spirit and Apologetics of Jonathan Edwards, P&R Publishing, 2003. The review was printed in the January 2007 issue (Volume 19, No. 1) of Evangel News.

Peterson, Robert A., and Michael D. Williams, Why I Am Not An Arminian, InterVarsity Press, 2004. The review was printed in the January 2005 issue (Volume 17, No. 1) of Evangel News.

Walls, Jerry L. and Joseph R. Dongell, Why I Am Not A Calvinist, InterVarsity Press, 2004. The review was printed in the February 2005 issue (Volume 17, No. 2) of Evangel News.

Warfield, Benjamin B., Counterfeit Miracles: A Defense of Divine Miracles Against Pagan, Medieval, and Modern Marvels, The Trinity Foundation, 2007. The review was printed in the October 2007 issue (Volume 19, No. 10) of Evangel News.