Book Reviews

Review of Moises Silva, “Explorations in Exegetical Method: Galatians As A Test Case”

Reviewed by Chris Comis, WRS student. Dr. Silva has definitely outdone himself with this work. I hesitated to begin this book review with such high praise, given the fact that this might overly prejudice my review in some people’s eyes, but I think Dr. Silva’s work is worthy of such high praise. This work accomplished […]

Review of David B. Calhoon, “Our Southern Zion: Old Columbia Seminary”

Reviewed by Robert Beede, D.Min. Author: Dr. David Calhoun, Emeritus Professor of Church History at Covenant Theological Seminary (Banner of Truth Trust, 2012), hardcover, 380 pages. I smiled as I held Dr. Calhoun’s newest book in my hands.  I was excited to read it as I had enjoyed and was so blessed by his two […]

7 Truths that Changed the World: Discovering Christianity’s Most Dangerous Ideas, by Kenneth Richard Samples (Grand Rapids: Baker Books, 2012).  Pp. 238.  Reviewed by John A. Battle. Kenneth Samples, a Christian apologist specializing in philosophy and theology, distills a lifetime of interaction with other belief systems in his new book, 7 Truths that Changed the […]

Review of Paul’s Letter to the Philippians: A Socio-Rhetorical Commentary, by Ben Witherington III

by Jason Anspach (M.Div., WRS) Ben Witherington III, Amos Professor of New Testament at Asbury Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky, finished his series of commentaries on the New Testament with his treatment of Philippians. Witherington focuses his interpretation on a number of standard commentary paths. He surveys existing commentaries and provide exegetical notes throughout. What sets […]

Review of Douglas Bond, “The Mighty Weakness of John Knox”

The Mighty Weakness of John Knox, by Douglas Bond (Orlando, Florida: Reformation Trust Publishing, 2011).  Pp. 152.  Reviewed by John A. Battle. Many Christian people in America, and even in Scotland, have not heard of John Knox.  Or if they have, they know him only as a “fiery Scottish reformer” who preached damnation sermons and […]

Review of John C. Lennox, <br/>"God’s Undertaker"

The first time I heard of John Lennox was listening online to his debate against Richard Dawkins.  Not only was he able to stand up to Dawkins’s arguments, but he concluded with a sterling appeal to the resurrection of Jesus Christ as the final proof that God exists and has revealed himself to us.  Dawkins responded that he was “disappointed” that Lennox would bring that matter up in a scientific debate, but I was encouraged. Later, hearing Lennox in person speaking in Washington State, I was further impressed by his knowledge, fluency, and ability to explain complex ideas to a popular audience.

Review of Hoffmeier, <br/>"The Archaeology of the Bible"

The Archaeology of the Bible, by James K. Hoffmeier (Oxford: Lion Hudson, 2008). Pp. 191. Reviewed by John A. Battle. If you’re looking for an attractive, well balanced survey of biblical archaeology by a recognized expert, this volume would serve your purpose well.  James Hoffmeier is an experienced archaeologist, specializing in the region of Egypt […]

Review of McGrath,<br/>"Christianity’s Dangerous Idea"

by John A. Battle What, exactly, is the essence of Protestantism?  Alister McGrath, professor of historical theology at the University of Oxford, concludes this large work with his definition, Protestantism is more than a set of doctrines; it is a method of doing theology and the work of the church.  It is the dangerous idea […]

by John A. Battle
“During the last few years a new controversy has come to conservative Reformed circles. Historically Reformed and Presbyterian writers believed that secular nations should be ruled by natural law, which people can derive from nature, history, and conscience. . . .”

Review of Fazale Rana, "The Cell’s Design"

by John A. Battle
“Microbiologist Fazale Rana, an openly Christian scientific apologist, is keenly aware of this weakness in the traditional ID argument. . . .”