Christian Thought, from Erasmus to Berdyaev

Christian Thought, from Erasmus to Berdyaev

Christian Thought, from Erasmus to Berdyaev

Christian Thought, from Erasmus to Berdyaev

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This book is based on the lectures that, in simpler form, I have delivered for fifteen years to my students in the Hartford Theological Seminary. To the ultimate benefit of this work, many points became clarified in lively discussions with my students, and I am grateful for whatever contribution they made to my thinking.

Paul wrote that he was "debtor to both Greeks and to barbarians." So am I. Even to try to mention all the thinkers who have influenced my own views would be an impossible task. As any man professionally involved in the theological developments of the last fifty years, I have been confronted with many a difficult choice among the warring opinions. Having been trained in what at the time was known as "evangelical liberalism," I at first reacted decisively against the original Barthian repudiation of it. I am glad that Barth himself saw fit to break away from the radicalism of his "crisis" theology to that of his Church Dogmatics. But liberalism has also developed some unacceptable interpretations, such as theological humanism and naturalism; furthermore, it has proved inadequate in facing the postwar situation generally.

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