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Dan Cohn-Sherbok: The Politics of Apocalypse

Dan Cohn-Sherbok: The Politics of Apocalypse

  Dan Cohn-Sherbok, The Politics of Apocalypse: The History and Influence of Christian Zionism (Oxford: Oneworld, 2006), xv+221pages, ISBN 9781851684533. Recent years have witnessed a notable scholarly interest in the instrumental role played by some Christians in helping to establish a Jewish homeland in Palestine in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, which ultimately […]

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A Social Anthropologist's Analysis of Contemporary Healing, Part 1

A Social Anthropologist’s Analysis of Contemporary Healing, Part 1

  How do doctors respond to claims of healing? Are there any lasting social effects when people experience divine healing?   What kinds of healings are associated with contemporary Christian healing ministries, conferences for training Christians in praying for healing, and such ministry in many evangelical churches? How do medical doctors perceive the healings? How […]

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The Two Tasks of the Christian Scholar: Redeeming the Soul, Redeeming the Mind

The Two Tasks of the Christian Scholar: Redeeming the Soul, Redeeming the Mind

William Lane Craig and Paul M. Gould, eds., The Two Tasks of the Christian Scholar: Redeeming the Soul, Redeeming the Mind (Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2007), 199 pages, ISBN 9781581349399. Written in honor of the late Charles Malik (1987), this short volume of eight essays celebrates his belief that the two tasks of Christian scholars in […]

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John Feinberg: No One Like Him

John Feinberg: No One Like Him

  John S. Feinberg, No One Like Him: The Doctrine of God (Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books, 2001), 879 pages, ISBN 9781581348118. In the 1970s, Paul E. Little wrote an excellent book entitled, Know What and Why You Believe. In clear simple language, he presented various doctrines of the Bible in a way that could be […]

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John Collins: Encounters With Biblical Theology

John Collins: Encounters With Biblical Theology

  John J. Collins, Encounters With Biblical Theology (Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2005), 243 pages, ISBN 0800637690. In the book Encounters with Biblical Theology,1 author John Collins offers a collection of essays on different aspects of the Biblical Theology movement. Collins is the Holmes Professor of Old Testament Criticism and Interpretation at Yale University, and has […]

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Gary Burge: Whose Land? Whose Promise?

Gary Burge: Whose Land? Whose Promise?

Gary M. Burge, Whose Land? Whose Promise? What Christians Are Not Being Told About Israel and the Palestinians (Cleveland: Pilgrim Press, 2003), xviii+286 pages, ISBN 0829816607. As the title indicates, this book is concerned with who owns the Holy Land. At the outset, Gary Burge explains how he struggles with rival biblical versus historical claims […]

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Tony Richie on dispensationalism

Tony Richie on dispensationalism

    From the Conversations with Readers department appearing in the Spring 2008 issue.   In Tony Richie’s review of Roland Chia, Hope for the World: A Christian Vision of the Last Things (IVP, 2005), Pastor Richie says “While Chia briefly notes ‘historic premillennialism,’ he focuses almost exclusively on ‘dispensationalist premillennialism.’ The former builds on […]

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Christian Collins Winn: From the Margins

Christian Collins Winn: From the Margins

  Christian T. Collins Winn, ed., From the Margins: A Celebration of the Theological Work of Donald W. Dayton (Eugene, Oregon: Wipf and Stock, 2007), 433 pages, ISBN 9781556351358. The editor of this volume has accomplished his purpose (publishing a Festschrift), celebrating the work of Donald W. Dayton. For those who are unfamiliar with Dayton’s […]

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Tony Lane: A Concise History of Christian Thought

Tony Lane: A Concise History of Christian Thought

  Tony Lane, A Concise History of Christian Thought, Revised Edition (Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2006), 336 pages, ISBN 9780801031595. At least one book on the history of Christian thought belongs in every Christian library. If you have more, this concise history should be the one closest to the desk. Tony Lane, Professor of Historical […]

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Rick Nanez: Full Gospel, Fractured Minds?

Rick Nanez: Full Gospel, Fractured Minds?

  Rick M. Nañez, Full Gospel, Fractured Minds?: A Call to Use God’s Gift of the Intellect (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan Publishing House, 2005), 235 pages. This book is a first of its kind. While others have tackled the issue of intellectual laxity among evangelicals as a whole, Nañez, an Assemblies of God missionary, is […]

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Tim Morris and Don Petcher: Science and Grace

Tim Morris and Don Petcher: Science and Grace

  Tim Morris and Don Petcher, Science & Grace: God’s Reign in the Natural Sciences (Wheaton: Crossway Books, 2006), 352 pages, ISBN 9781581345490. Morris (PhD in cellular and molecular biology) and Petcher (PhD in elementary particle physics) originally hoped to write a book about a theology of science for an explicitly Evangelical audience that had […]

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The Nature of the Atonement: Four Views

The Nature of the Atonement: Four Views

  James Beilby and Paul R. Eddy, eds. The Nature of the Atonement: Four Views (Downers Grove: IVP Academic, 2006), 208 pages. The appropriately titled The Nature of the Atonement attempts to shed light on the complicated character of this biblical principle by presenting and critiquing four dominant theological constructions that have attempted to encapsulate […]

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Alister McGrath: Christian Theology

Alister McGrath: Christian Theology

  Alister E. McGrath, Christian Theology: An Introduction,third edition (Oxford, UK: Blackwell Publishing, 2001), 616 pages. Alister E. McGrath, The Christian Theology Reader,second edition (Oxford, UK: Blackwell Publishing, 2001), 707 pages. Alister McGrath, the Anglican Evangelical scholar who is based in Oxford University, is a prodigious author with an encyclopedic mind. He is well placed, […]

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Roland Chia: Hope for the World

Roland Chia: Hope for the World

  Roland Chia, Hope for the World: A Christian Vision of the Last Things,Christian Doctrine in Global Perspective Series; series editor David Smith, consulting editor John Stott (Downer’s Grove: IVP Academic, 2005), 164 pages. Roland Chia has written a clear and concise alternative to an all-too-common array of eschatological texts ranging from watered down and […]

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