Current Problems in Religion

Current Problems in Religion

Current Problems in Religion

Current Problems in Religion

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The various sections of this book may be taken up separately, because each section is on a separate topic. On the other hand, because the subject matters of the various sections are interrelated, reading and study of the various sections as part of one book is recommended.

Present day religion and theology are decidedly unsatisfying to the writer, mainly because they start with an erroneous premise, namely that religion, as a completed whole, has been divinely revealed. It is to be studied for better understanding, but such studies are for the purpose of gaining clearer insight and better knowledge of the divinely revealed religion, including the person of its founder and the meaning of its scriptures. The position of the writer is diametrically opposed to the foregoing. Belief in a complete and divinely revealed religion is deemed to be erroneous in itself, and also is a position under which dogmas and creeds necessarily take a front place and are road blocks to progress. The position of the writer is that freedom should be fundamental and is a necessary condition to studies and to progress. Religion, like law, government, medicine, and all the sciences and arts, progressively should become ever and ever fuller in content and meaning. It is no less, but more, a divine revelation that we have divinely given ability of research and of progress in religion with increasing experience. Needless to say no fixed, no final, creed is accepted; and tests or examinations as to agreement with official church decisions are completely out of order, both as respects members or communicants, and especially ministers or clergy.

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