The Finality of the Christian Religion

The Finality of the Christian Religion

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The Finality of the Christian Religion

The Finality of the Christian Religion

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In the summers of 1902 and 1903 the author had the privilege to deliver two courses of lectures before the Harvard Summer School of Theology, to ministers and students for the ministry of many of our Protestant denominations. Those who heard the lectures expressed profound interest in them and earnestly solicited their speedy publication. These are those lectures, but greatly enlarged, even to the extent of additional chapters. It should also be said that the more popular style of the lecture has been eliminated for the most part, though in places not entirely, and a more technical and formal treatment adopted.

The delay in their publication has been due to a combination of hindrances. Without recounting them to the reader, they yet constitute the author's apology to his original audience, which had the right to expect the book at a much earlier date. In this connection he may say that the second volume--the increasingly constructive part of the work--is expected to appear in the early spring.

The author may not claim originality, in the strict sense of the word, for this book. Still, the constructive idea is his, the plan and process of the argument are his, thoughts which are shared by others are independently his, and even the thoughts which are not his by creation are yet his by patient reflection in the course of wide study in philosophy and theology. However, he has sought to write an effective rather than an original book. His sources have been indicated sufficiently, he trusts, either in the text or in footnotes.

The book is a mirror of the development of the author's own experience--a development, moreover, which has not yet come to a close; a fact which is also mirrored in the . . .

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