What We Know About Jesus by Stephen Neill (World Christian Books 4s. 6d.) The latest in a series on the Christian Faith, this paperback is sponsored by the World Council of Churches and published by Lutterworth Press: well brought out at only 4s. 6d.
Written by the director of the series, Bishop Stephen Neill, the book is a compact presentation of questions relating to the person of Jesus, examined with clear reasoning and always in the light of scripture. It is a slim 'but scholarly addition to induce Gospel study—and take comfort at the ,remainder that in the second century the Church in Rome spoke Greek!
Strange Victory by Canon Gordon W. Ireson (Fontana Books 5s.)
"Once we have taken the first step from self into Christ we enter into what is quite literally a new life and a new world..." But haw to persuade anyone of this? Perennial difficulty!
Canon Ireson offers traditional doctrine structured to a modern climate with its foundation securely rooted in the Gospel of the Resurrection. He sets forth the Christian claim of fulfilment in Christ, God made man, his proof developing from the Pauline concept of the New Adam: the "saving work" or atonement. (Maybe Teilhard de Chardin would have termed this "le milieu divin" .) A diocesan missioner of the Church of England, the author is known for his textbooks on preaching, and lectures regularly.
How Modern Should Theology be? by Helmut Thielicke (Fontana Books 5s.) Here are four sermons originally preached at the church of Sit. Michael, Hamburg. Deceptively easily read they conceal a vigorous appreciation of today's theological issues—Lutheran or otherwise. Helmut Thielicke speaks with an enthusiasm one feels must only be enhanced by his American translator, and often a sentence banners out like any slogan.
But this is misleading. "Only those who take up Jesus' cross
grasp his hand" could seem slick, yet it happens to touch the core of the text he is expounding in a perfectly appropriiate way.
The last of the sermons is eschatological in hs theology and starts from the commission of Jesus to his disciples, hinting at the dimension of faith in which certainty for the future could emerge. "Those who wait for the Lord to come must lay claim to him iwhere he is."
And the clue to his whereabouts? That age-old commandment: I have him in my neighbour. A book to he glad about.