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The High King of Heaven by Dean Davis

The high king of heavenDavis, Dean. The High King of Heaven: Discovering the Master Keys to the Great End Time Debate. Enumclaw: Redemption Press, 2014. 754 pp. $34.99. Purchase at Amazon and on Kindle for less.

Introduction

This is now the third book I have reviewed for Dean Davis. You can read the reviews for The Test and In Search of the Beginning. This was also a book I was asked to endorse. I did so gladly as this is a topic of which I am still unsettled. Dean is the Director of Come Let Us Reason – a ministry of apologetics and worldview studies.

Summary

Divided into five parts consisting of twenty-five chapters and ten appendices, Dean Davis seeks to inform the reader on the subject of Biblical Eschatology. Part one defines the terms while looking at the issues and options within a biblical worldview.

Part two, chapters five through eleven, help the reader to understand the Kingdom of God. He looks at God’s Kingdom from the perspective of the beginning (creation), His covenants, the OT promises, and the Good News of the Kingdom here and yet to come.

Part three, chapters twelve through eighteen delve into the pertinent Old Testament passages which prophecy the Kingdom.  Part four, chapters nineteen through twenty-one, attempt to explain the millennium.  The final part, chapters twenty-two through twenty-five help explain the consummation – that is, the end of it all and the coming of Jesus Christ.

The appendices consist of critiques of other models that are not amillennial (spoiler alert! This is the position Dean holds) and also ties up loose ends with various lists of biblical texts and creed through the history of the church that concern the end times.

Review

While it would be easy to attack any particular perspective on the discussion of end times, I do not want to do that here. What I do want to do for the ‘review’ of this work is to point out that Dean Davis truly flexes his biblical scholarship methods in this work. At 754 pages, he has authored what may be the most systematic treatment (certainly that I have read) on the discussion of end times. He shows how he arrived at his conclusions based on studying the Scriptures.

You will obviously not agree with everything he says or every conclusion he arrives at. What you will not be able to say is that he did not arrive there through a careful study of the word. He does not get caught up in what some call “newspaper eschatology” where people look to the world to try to explain the Bible. Rather, he lets the Bible explain itself and then, through the lens of a biblical worldview, he attempts to explain how this world as we know it will come to an end with the Second Coming of Christ Jesus.

Finally, I appreciate that Dean offers a myriad of ways in which to use this resource. He gives a seven chapter smattering at the outset that will give the reader an aerial view of the book with the hopes that the curiosity will be piqued and the reader will read the entire work. After all, at over 750 pages, this is certainly a daunting book to pick up!

Recommendation

If you are interested in studying biblical eschatology, I could not recommend a starting point much more than The High King of Heaven.  Dean is as objective as possible and offers biblical support for his views and against those of others.

In Search of the Beginning by Dean Davis

Davis, Dean.  In Search of the Beginning: A Seeker’s Journey to the Origin of the Universe, Life, and Man.  Enumclaw: Pleasant Word Publishing, 2010.   396 pp.  $21.99.  Purchase at Amazon for $17.15.

Introduction

Dean Davis has written another book entitled The Test that has been reviewed here.  Both of these works are in depth treatments of philosophical matters from a Christian apologetic nature.  Dean has served as a pastor, teaching elder, Sunday School director (with his wife, Linda), Christian bookstore manager, pro-life leader, and substitute school teacher. In recent years, he has worked as the Director of Come Let Us Reason, a Bible teaching ministry specializing in Worldview Studies and Apologetics. He and his wife, Linda, currently reside in Santa Rosa, California.

Summary

At near 400 pages, this work is not light reading.  It is divided into seven chapters and three appendices.  It helps that there are numerous subsections throughout.  The first chapter lays out the various interpretations of our understanding of the beginning of the universe.  Chapters two and three offer the Nauralist’s view on the Beginning.  Chapter two gives the position of naturalism from it’s own perspective while chapter three is a critique of the Naturalist view.

Chapter four looks at Pantheism (everything is God) with chapter five gets straight to the point of what Christ said and taught about the Beginning of the universe and all therein.  In looking at what Christ said and taught, Davis outlines the Biblical understanding of the beginning.  Chapter six gives the reader a real good look at the critiques of the Biblical understanding.  Chapter seven concludes the main body of the book with a discussion of what a biblical worldview of the Beginning means for you and me today.

The three appendices are also extremely helpful.  They include treatments on the unity of the Bible (very helpful), Old Testament Messianic Types (again, very helpful) and a discussion of New Testament references to Genesis 1-11 (very eye-opening).  The Bibliography will point you in a safe manner toward other resources to help further your knowledge on the essential doctrine.

Review

I have grown to really enjoy Dean’s writing style.  While he is not “the big name” in apologetics, he offers very well-researched material mixed with well-reasoned and unbiased (insofar as any of us are able to be unbiased) critiques and the like.  He cites everything with great care and detail thus keeping himself accountable to the reader as well as the scientific community (important!).

He does not shy away from topics like evolution nor does he stand on a soap-box and crusade against those who adhere to these theories and philosophies.  Rather, he allows the material to speak for itself and in so doing he lets the proverbial chips fall where they will.

I do wish he would have included an index but completely understand the complexity of adding one to a work so large as this.  That being said, this work remains extremely accessible to the reader and will be one that engages all who have given thought to the beginning of the universe.

Recommendation

While there are many, many resources available on the subject of cosmology, I heartily recommend adding Dean Davis’ In Search of the Beginning to your library.  The end-notes and bibliography will help you to further your study and build your library so that you will be better equipped to handle these discussions…especially in the college classroom!

 

The Test by Dean Davis

Davis, Dean.  The Test: A Seeker’s Journey to the Meaning of Life. Enumclaw: Pleasant Word, 2010.  588 pp.  $28.99.  Purchase at Amazon for $22.03 or less.

Introduction

Dean Davis was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. He graduated from U.C. Santa Cruz with a degree in Philosophy. Being a child of the 60’s, he plunged into the counterculture, practicing a wide variety of Eastern religions, especially Zen Buddhism. Then, in 1974, in the midst of a deep personal crisis, the God of the Bible graciously stepped in, turning a seeker into a finder, and an orphan into a beloved son, all through a life-changing revelation of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Since then, Dean has followed the Lord down many roads, serving as a pastor, teaching elder, Sunday School director (with his wife, Linda), Christian bookstore manager, pro-life leader, and substitute school teacher. In recent years, he has greatly enjoyed working as the Director of Come Let Us Reason, a Bible teaching ministry specializing in Worldview Studies and Apologetics. He and his wife, Linda, currently reside in Santa Rosa, California.

In a very real sense, The Test is Dean’s life work. This book expounds the great themes that have filled his thoughts and engaged his heart for decades. It distills the materials offered in his seminars. It displays and defends what he believes to be the one true worldview. It exalts the One who gave us that worldview, and the One who dwells so luminously at its very center. It interacts fairly, criticially, and respectfully with competing worldviews. And it fulfills Dean’s longstanding desire to speak of these things to his own generation, a generation that he loves and longs to see revelling in the Light of Life.

Summary

At 588 pages, The Test is no joke.  It is divided into four major parts all seeking to answer the question “Is life a test?”  The book concludes with some eight appendices that are extremely helpful.  The first part of the book consists of 3 chapters and takes a general look at life from a few different philosophical perspectives.  Davis offers a discussion on the heavenly hope of nature and the conscience.

The second section looks at a search for the Teacher.  Again, he looks at various worldviews as he tries to logically whittle down the many available answers to the question which Teacher is correct?  In the five chapters comprising this section, Dean moves from a general search to taking a second look at the one Teacher that best answers all of the questions.

The third part offers what the Teacher answers as regards the questions of life.  Here, we learn what the ultimate reality is as well as the origins of everything.  He then seeks to answer what happened and why it happened and what we can do about all that took place that separated us from the goodness of the Teacher.  This section is the meat of the book as it has over 200 pages and some nine chapters.  The final chapter of this section answers the tough question of how we can find trustworthy answers to the questions of life.

The final part offers a solid gospel presentation in answering how we can pass the test we call life.  The appendices that follow are great introductions to topics such as the unity of the Bible, the Biblical worldview and comparisons of other philosophical and religious worldviews.

Review

Apologetics was my first love when it came to Christian reading.  I have a number of quality apologetics resources in my library.  The best I have read thus far is Geisler’s I Don’t Have Enough Faith to be an Atheist.  I mention that book because The Test now ranks number 2 in my apologetics section.  Each book has a different emphasis.  The Test offers a critical and unbiased (though I am sure bias could be charged) look at the various worldviews from which one has to choose.  Davis systematically shows how the other worldviews are corrupt not only in their premise but in their answers as well.

With over 50 pages of end notes (I hate end notes!), Davis has researched his subject material and has offered the evidence for his claims.  Dean does a remarkable job of remaining unbiased and understanding as he meticulously guides the reader along on their journey.  At no point does he force feed anything to the reader.  Rather, he enables them to see the illogical nature and incompatibility of all other worldviews with themselves.  If your worldview is inconsistent with itself, then it is not a tenable worldview to hold. In the end, Davis shows how the Christian Worldview is the only worldview that one can hold both logically and consistently.

Recommendation

We must always be careful when reading works of apologetics lest we believe we can argue someone into the Kingdom of God.  That being said, The Test is a remarkable work in that it gently, yet persuasively (that happens when you have truth on your side!) guides the philosophical mind seeking for truth to the only Truth that matters–salvation in Christ alone.  I enjoyed the deep philosophical aspect of this work while remaining impressed with how Dean wrote in such a manner that one does not need a degree in philosophy to understand.  The Test would make an excellent resource for the high school graduate as well as the college student as that is the general time frame in which one seeks these answers.  Aside from schooling, I commend The Test to all believers and unbelievers alike.  Answers are there to be found and Dean Davis will be your guide.