Book Review: “The Holiness of God” by R.C. Sproul (1985)

With the wisdom and precise writing style I have come to expect from R.C. Sproul, The Holiness of God offers a broad, panoramic view of this, God’s most supreme attribute. Beginning with his own introduction to this holiness, and discussing how this holiness relates to the philosophies of the world both today and in ages past, Sproul not only describes from Scripture what the holiness of God is, but also develops a strong argument for why it is essential to the whole Christian faith.

While the depth of Sproul’s knowledge and philosophical discussions might scare some readers away after Chapter One, I would strongly encourage the reader to continue reading on. The gems that lie throughout the book are definitely worth the effort of reading. Specifically, I enjoyed these particular boons:

In the Lord’s prayer, “Hallowed be Thy Name” is a petition not a mere description (as would be “Hallowed is Thy Name”). The prayer and goal of every believer must be to ensure the holiness of God’s Name throughout the earth. How many of us speak out against the blasphemy riddled throughout our “entertainment”?

There is a great difference between the creationist’s view of everything having been created “from nothing by Someone” and the evolutionist’s view of it having been created “from nothing by nothing.” Bringing such lunacy to light may open the door for Truth to even the moderate skeptic.

Lenny in John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men might be a picture of Christ. This is evident not because Jesus is a big oaf who is officially retarded, but because He is One who’s love is acceptable from a distance, though also deadly to anyone who accepts it, then rejects it. Whether this parallel is an accurate rendering of Steinbeck’s intent is unclear. But so, too, is the apparent parallel between The Pearl and “The Pearl of Great Price.” Certainly something for the Christian literary critic to consider.

© 2011 E.T.

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