Saturday, June 27, 2009

Book Review Explanation

This is the response from the publisher of Reformation Trust regarding Chapter 10 of "Believing God" by Dr. R. C. Sproul, Jr.:

Dear Mr. Caldwell:

Thank you for your note regarding Dr. R.C. Sproul Jr.’s book Believing God. In the first paragraph of Chapter 10, Dr. Sproul is speaking not of Christians but of human beings in their fallen condition. This is why he speaks of children of the Devil, which is a term that cannot be applied to Christians due to their adoption by God.

However, as the entire book labors to show, even Christians struggle to believe God.

I hope this clarifies his meaning.


Greg Bailey
Reformation Trust

I replied that this was partially satisfactory. Why?

Because of two things. First, the context of the paragraph, chapter, and entire book is written to Christians. Second, the content of the paragraph makes no sense if it were written to an unbeliever because they simply cannot believe God in their dead, condemned state. Their unbelief is not deepened by the fact that they are also sinners, children of the devil, and fools.

There has been no response yet to this.

However, in a separate snail-mail, I did receive a rejection notice from Mr. Bailey regarding my manuscript, "Christian Mythology". I do not believe that the two transactions are related.

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