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New. Robert S. Candlish (1806-1873) the Scottish theologian of the Free Church may be seen in his greatness through the fact that he was chosen to succeed two of the most famous Scots, Thomas Chalmers as professor of theology at the New College, Edinburgh (1842) and of William Cunningham as principal of that college in 1862. Candlish was very prominent in all the historical events of the formation of the Free Church party and afterward. ''We venture to characterize this as THE work upon Genesis, so far as lectures can make up an exposition; we have greatly profited by its perusal. It should be in every Biblical library'' (C. H. Spurgeon, Commenting and Commentaries, p. 49) Cyril Barber in The Minister s Library says of this work, ''Expository messages rich in their devotional emphasis, containing helpful theological discussions. Thoroughly conservative and of special value to the pastor. '' (Vol. I, p. 132) Unlike the heretical insistence of modern textual critics and translators who claim that Genesis chapters 1-3 are mythical, Candlish plainly shows by quoting Scriptures that the revelations of those chapters, which reveal an early earth and a six-day creation, are undeniably God s words. We see in Hebrews 1: 3: ''By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, that the things which are seen were not made of things which appear. '' God spoke the universe into existence. ''He stretched out the earth over the empty place; and He hung the earth on nothing'' (Job 26: 7) Just as He breathed out the Word, so He did with the expanse. And that He did this through Jesus Christ may be seen in many passages, such as Proverbs 8: 22-31 and Colossians 1: 16. Candlish defies science to prove by legitimate means that such is not the case. Their whole concoction of evolution is in no way scientific, but is a deliberate attempt to erase God from the minds of human beings, as Huxley himself so clearly stated. Yet by faith alone it can be proven to the...
From what I have read so far, this book is a gem for the Christian seeking to gain a better understanding of the book of beginnings (Genesis) and a greater love for God. Candlish shows exceptional strength in drawing out the story of God's redemptive working with His people, showing how at each step along the way, God was preparing the way for Christ, and developing the expectations of the people for Christ. Furthermore, Candlish tends to be somewhat Puritan-ish in his style, tending therefore to continually write in a way that seeks to impart not just understanding of God's word, but praise for the God of the word. By me the book is highly recommended with two cautions. One, Candlish can tend to "drag on" at times, forcing you to skim read. Two, I have not yet read through anything Candlish teaches on Genesis 1-11. As this tends to be a "hot button" topic, I must confess that the focus of my reading has been on Genesis 12 and following. Enjoy!
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