The Reading and Preaching of the Scriptures in the Worship of the Christian Church - Vol. 4

The Reading and Preaching of the Scriptures in the Worship of the Christian Church - Vol. 4

The Reading and Preaching of the Scriptures in the Worship of the Christian Church - Vol. 4

The Reading and Preaching of the Scriptures in the Worship of the Christian Church - Vol. 4

Synopsis

The Reading and Preaching of the Scriptures in the Worship of the Christian Church is a multivolume study by Hughes Oliphant Old that explores the history of preaching from the words of Moses at Mount Sinai through modern times. In Volume 4, The Age of the Reformation, Old focuses on changes in preaching due to the Protestant Reformation and the Catholic Counter-Reformation. This is the pivotal volume in Old's project, covering as it does not only what the Reformers and Counter-Reformers preached but also their reform of preaching itself. Old traces the main events and people involved in the development of preaching at this time -- Luther, Calvin, Thomas of Villanova, Francis Xavier, William Perkins, John Donne, Johann Gerhard, Jacques Bossuet, and many more -- while also giving due attention to how preaching was itself an act of worship.

Excerpt

Having gotten to volume iv of the planned seven volumes of this work, I find myself feeling rather relieved. More than half of it has appeared. Most of the remaining three volumes is written. It is coming out Deo volente! Even more, I find myself very thankful. a large part of the work has been done. With the thanksgiving there are certain debts of gratitude.

There have been some big changes in my life since the first two volumes have come out. a particularly significant change has been my taking up teaching responsibilities at Princeton Theological Seminary. It was in 1955 that I first stepped onto this campus. the last half of the twentieth century has passed by since then. It is not as though I have been here all the time. For longer or shorter periods of time I have been to plenty of other places, but this is the place to which I always return. Here is where I mark the highs and lows of the ever changing theological tide.

As I look around myself in the closing months of the twentieth century, I find myself lecturing to students who are at home in a completely different world than I once knew here in this idyllic green town. in just a few months now they will be going out into the third Christian millennium. It is a world which I, too, hope to enter, but I will enter it as an old man. and yet I am determined to go with my students. in fact, they seem to be pulling me with them, and I am really rather excited about going along. If for no other reason, I want to be able to cheer them along. Maybe I should just get out of the way and let them start their own new century. But then, too, maybe I can be of help just telling them they are doing a good job.

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