Beliefs That Matter: A Theology for Laymen

Beliefs That Matter: A Theology for Laymen

Beliefs That Matter: A Theology for Laymen

Beliefs That Matter: A Theology for Laymen

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This book is neither a history of belief nor an apology for believing. It is a statement as plain as I can make it of what one modern Christian believes may be a practicable faith for the men and women of to-day.

The faith I would interpret is the Christian's faith. I am well aware that Christianity is not the only living religion, nor the Christian's way the only way in which devout souls have conceived their relation to the ultimate reality. But Christianity is the religion to which we of the West stand the closest, the medium through which, if at all, most of those who have lost the old landmarks must find their way back to faith. And even if this were not so, Christianity, judged on its merits, as recent study of comparative religion has helped us to know it, is the religion which, of an existing religions, touches the widest circle of interests and has gathered into itself the most diverse streams of thought. Whatever one's antecedents or background, if one wishes to come to grips with living religion one can make no mistake by beginning with Jesus.

Yet one who desires to do this finds it far from easy. Christians differ both as to the facts to be explained and as to the explanation to be given to them, and these differences are reflected in differing creeds and theologies, each of which is presented as the truth.

There is, however, one test which, if consistently applied, would greatly simplify matters. It is the test . . .

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