THEOLOGY AND THE CHURCH IN TIMES OF CHANGE by

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KIRKUS REVIEW

This Festchrift in honor of John C. Bennett honors him upon his retirement as president of Union Theological Seminary in New York City. Contributors are, for the most part, colleagues and former students of Dr. Bennett. The main body of the volume presents, in two parts, essays on the current theological scene, and those concerned with issues in the public sphere, emphasizing Dr. Bennett's interests as teacher, churchman, and administrator in the two fields of theology and ethics. A brief foreword of appreciation is given by his predecessor, Henry P. Van Dusen; and concluding appraisals of his thought are given by Reinhold Niebuhr and Daniel Day Williams. As is inevitable in collections of this kind, the essays vary in substance and merit and it might have been hoped that more attention had been given to John Bennett as educator and administrator. The first chapter, by Robert McAfee Brown on theological method for today, and the concluding chapter, by Daniel D. Williams, on Bennett's broad and balanced theological perspective, are, perhaps, the best in the book. Robert F. Beach, librarian of Union Seminary, adds an exhaustive bibliography of Dr. Bennett's writings. The book will be of primary interest to students, friends and colleagues of John Bennett, but also to readers in the wider theological community, Protestant, Catholic, and Jewish, who have held him in esteem for many years.

Pub Date: May 4th, 1970
Publisher: Westminster