Blockbuster Book

Not to steal Gary’s thunder, but I really want people to buy this book. It will be coming out in about two weeks. It will be of interest in the continuing Federal Vision debate, since all ties of Van Til to the Federal Vision will be shown to be a mirage. One little tantalizing tidbit: Muether had access to Van Til’s correspondence with Meredith Kline, in which Van Til clearly sided with Kline on the issue of covenant theology over against Murray. May the Trinity Foundation and Federal Vision proponents both take note. Gary Johnson will be doing a chapter by chapter review of this book on my blog. Stay tuned. It should be rather riveting.

Warfield, Part 5

Mea culpa, Barry Waugh! All I can do is apologize for not writing a review of your chapter, and then write one. Please forgive me. Barry’s chapter is the final chapter in this book on Warfield’s life and work. It is a bibliographical chapter dealing with the Briggs trial in relationship to Warfield’s participation in that trial.

First, however, Barry gives a thumbnail sketch of the Briggs trial case, giving all the relevant data in a very succinct form. In fact, if anyone wants just a short, clear explanation of the Briggs case, he could do no better than to read Waugh’s article. But further than that, Barry has provided the scholarly world with an outstanding annotated bibliography of Warfield’s materials on the Briggs case. Every item in the four volume set is described as to its contents. Waugh’s conclusions are surely justified, that this case was of essential importance not only to his generation, but also to future generations (pg. 255). Secondly, that Warfield was keenly interested in matters judicatory, contrary to some claims (pg. 241). Thirdly, that Warfield’s belief in the inerrancy of Scripture was so central to his thought, that, for Warfield, the doctrine really could be described as “the hinge upon which religion turns” (pg. 255).