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    Four Short Book Reviews

    Four Short Books reviews by's B. K. Campbell

    “Pushing the Antitheses" by Greg Bahnsen
    I have always recommended anything by Greg Bahnsen. The reason is simple: he was a champion defender of the Christian faith. Young minds can learn so much from him. Bahnsen had a “matter-of-fact” method for debunking the ideologies of non-belief. He is easy to understand, sharp as sharp can be and Biblically sound as a theologian. In Bahnsen you can always expect the best and strongest of “Van tillian thought” without the muddled wording of Van til. This is because Bahnsen was a great communicator. “Pushing the Antitheses” is just as helpful as any of his works on apologetics I recommend it to young and old alike. An apologist’s apologist for non-apologists.

    The Reformation By Stephen J. Nicholas
    In my estimation Stephen J. Nichols is one of the greatest biographers of our time. His treatment of Machen and Luther where astounding. The concise nature of his format for writing is sensible and realistic. Nichols often does in 100 pages what others can’t do in 500. He effectively tells the story, informs of history and completely brings to life men and women of the past. This new work in no way falls short. It is a powerful and inspiring little book packed full of entertaining details. His narratives seem to have a lively flow that will not bore the reader. It’s hard to put the book down and with only 160 pages easy to finish. This is a great introduction to the Reformation and with so many Reformation books out there this is a good place to start. If the passion is not there already this book will ignite a desire to dig deeper. Read it as your first book on the Reformation or a revival and commemoration of that great event in human history.

    "Your Mind Matters" by John Stott
    Have you every met a professor of Christ who pushes all his emphasis on the word “love” without evening knowing the Biblical parameters or definition of the word? Or what about those who disparage reason and logic? These views are common and more than rubbish, they spell the death of accurate theology and open the floodgates of emotion. John Stott’s book is perfect in combating the false view that the mind is “secondary” or of “little importance”. Consisting of only 90 pages it is readable even for those who prohibit the use of the mind claiming, “it has no place in theology”. I recommend “Your Mind Matters” because it does and this work makes sure that you know it matters and can defend that it matters.

    “Philosophy and the Christian Faith” by Colin Brown
    Colin Brown’s “Philosophy and the Christian Faith” is rated very high on my list. Brown was a scholar of the first rank and this work displays his abilities. Can you name another work that surveys over 400 philosophers and their influence on Christianity in only 300 pages! One of the first books I read on philosophy. Informative, accurate and sweeping this book is still relevant today. In many ways the philosophers have been the great agitators and objectors of the Christian faith. Brown makes quick work of their schemes, ideas and writings. We should be informed as Christians so that we can answer those who ask a reason (1 Pt 3:15). This work helps us to do just that. It is written in a non-technical style so that all can understand it. If you are going to study apologetics, want to be a better, more accurate theological thinker or just need a solid introduction to philosophy then you must get Brown. I have no hesitation in recommending this work knowing full well that it is now a classic.

    Posted by John on April 23, 2007 11:50 AM

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