Charles C. Ryrie, Dispensationalism

Moody Publishers, 2007.

Summary: An update of the earlier “Dispensationalism Today,” it has been expanded and in many ways improved. (I don’t have a copy of the earlier work and must rely on my memory.)

The author argues that Dispensationalism springs from a normal or literal hermeneutic. “The nonliteralist is the nonpremillennialist, the less specific and less consistent literalists are covenant premillennialist and the progressive dispensationalist, and the consistent literalist is a dispensationaslist” (102). He then attempts to defend normative or historical Dispensationalism, against progressive dispensationalists, non-premillennialists, and covenant premillennialists.

The marks of a Dispensationalist are then teaching a separation between Israel and the Church and literalism.

Benefits/Detriments: The spirit of the work is generally irenic. There seems to be a lack recognition of the role of presuppositions in Dispensationalistional hermeneutics. I was amused to discover that the only systemic theology of my childhood home (besides the Scofield and Ryrie study Bibles) was by an “ultradispensationalist,” Charles F. Baker.


Gertrude Himmelfarb, Darwin and the Darwinian Revolution

Saturday, 07 February 2015

Anchor Books, 1962, 510 pgs.

Summary: Gertrude Himmelfarb (1922 -   ) is an historian of the Victorian period. She is especially concerned with promoting the virtues of the Victorian era in the politica...

Richard Hooker, Of the Laws of Ecclesiastical Polity: Books I to IV

Monday, 20 October 2014

London: J. M. Dent and Sons Ltd., 1958, 429 pgs.

Summary: Richard Hooker (1554-1600) in 1584 became the master or rector of the Temple in London. The Temple was a prominent church that was Puritan frien...



Thursday, 05 March 2015
  • Karl Barth,  The Epistle to the Romans
  • John Calvin,  Romans
  • C. H. Dodd,  The Epistle of Paul to the Romans
  • John Gill,  The Epistle of Paul the Apostle to the Romans
  • Martin Luther,  Lectures on Romans
  • Douglas Mo...


Tuesday, 08 July 2014
  • Bonaventure,  Commentary on Ecclesiastes (Works, vol. 7) -- A solid biblical exegesis of Ecclesiastes. He does use the Apocrypha, but his biblical theology is sufficient to overcome such deficiencies.  ...