Christian Realism

Christian Realism

Christian Realism

Christian Realism

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This book is an attempt to think through some of the most important problems of Christian life and thought in the light of insights which have come from recent developments in theology and in the light of the events that haunt our minds. The first chapter is a diagnosis of the existing situation and the chapters that follow are essays in theology. It is no longer necessary to apologize for the use of the word "theology" as theology is an area of thought that is extraordinarily relevant to the most urgent issues of our time. The position presented in this book will be difficult to label. Some liberals will regard the book as corrupted by what they call "neo-supernaturalism" or "neo-orthodoxy." Those whose rebellion against liberalism is most complete will see in it merely a different version of liberalism. I write as a liberal who tries to take seriously the contribution of such thinkers as Barth, Brunner, and Reinhold Niebuhr; and as a Congregationalist who believes in the central importance of the ecumenical Church.

The immediate occasion for the publication of this book is that I was asked to deliver the Council Lectures at the General Council of Congregational Christian Churches in August, 1940. I am most grateful to Doctor Douglas Horton and the other officers . . .

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