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The reaction to Bultmann is setting in, and this extensive treatment by on the Virgin Birth is a good example. He freely admits writing as a believer, yet he is fair to the many facets of this doctrine. Just what belief in the Virgin Birth meant has changed through the ages, has been affected by the Reformation and has when treated as auxiliary to the Incarnation or as basic to the growing of Mary. Especially valuable are, the summaries of the Patristic writings, and of the post developments. The most careful work has been done with analogous religions. Best of all is the explication of the theological and critical attack on the concept of the Virgin Birth. The result is a book which recognizes the difficulties in either affirming or denying the doctrine, and which then goes on to affirm it, and to give good reasons why... Who will buy it? It's not really a layman's book, but preachers and teachers need it. Theologians, philosophers and students of comparative religion will certainly profit by it. Protestants and Roman Catholics alike will turn to it. Even those who do not feel the need for this doctrine, or who are about to dismiss it as myth, might well consider how this author, so well trained in all the disciplines affected by the Virgin Birth, can come to so sure a faith in that teaching.

Pub Date: June 11th, 1962
Publisher: Westminster